The Human Mind

Department of Psychology

Spring Term: 
May 8 – June 14, 2016
University of Alberta North Campus

Biology of Stress and Coping
PSYCO 302 X1

Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCO 105 and a 200-level PSYCO course

Have you ever wondered … why some people seem to get very stressed about things while other people don’t? What physical effects stress can have on the body? What psychological effects stress can have on the mind? How to cope effectively with stressors? If so, this is the class for you!

Throughout the course of the semester we will discuss the effects of stress on the physiology of the body and the psychology of the mind. We will also discuss the beneficial effects of stress, how personality is related to subjective feelings of stress, different methods of coping with stressors that you can incorporate into your everyday life, and much, much more.

Dr. Michele Moscicki

Psychology of Law
PSYCO 305 A1

Prerequisite: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100 and PSYCO 105

The law is inherently psychological. It is made by people with varying desires and ambitions, interpreted by individuals with different (sometimes contradictory) perspectives, and experienced – either directly or indirectly – by all of us. The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to important topics in the field, highlighting some of the most influential and controversial questions and research. Topics include: theories of criminal behavior, eyewitness identification, competency to stand trial, and the insanity defense. This class explores many captivating and controversial issues that arise at the crossroads of psychology and the law.

Dr. Jamin Blatter

Adult Development and Aging
PSYCO 329 A1

Prerequisites: PSYCO 223

What is it like to grow old? There are many myths about aging. This course will help students to differentiate between the myths and the realities. Through lectures, videos, readings, discussions, and possibly field trips, we will explore the physical, psychological, and sociocultural realities of aging. Topics include sensory and perceptual changes in aging, pathology, cognition, personality, late life relationships, and work. To bring these concepts to life, students will have the option of interacting with seniors in a Community Service Learning placement, or interviewing a senior and writing their life history.

Dr. Tiana Rust

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
PSYCO 371 A1

Prerequisites: PSYCO 275

Ever wonder what makes a memory stick? Turns out a lot of systems are involved to allow for the phenomenon of memory. Throughout this course we will examine the molecular, cellular, anatomical, network, physiological, cognitive, behavioural, psychological, and societal nature of memories. Addressing the scientific literature, case studies, and popular media, we will explore how learning, memory, and forgetting occurs in the real world, and in the laboratory. 

Dr. Claire Scavuzzo

Contact Information

Nicole Kiffiak
Student Advisor
Department of Psychology
BS P 217
T: 780-492-2970