R. Chris Fraley, Ph.D.
1050 "A" BSB Deptartment of Psychology
Office Hours: Tues, Thurs 2:00 p.m.-3:00, or by appointment
Rishi Bhalla: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Chamberlin: email@example.com
Denise Elizondo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Landsberger: email@example.com
Liz Mullen: firstname.lastname@example.org
8AM - Brian Chamberlin, 0115 BSB
9AM - Liz Mullen, 0381 BSB
10AM - Denise Elizondo, 0161 BSB
11AM - Denise Elizondo, 0137 BSB
12PM - Denise Elizondo, 0138 BSB
8AM - Lorenzo Azzi, 0115 BSB
9AM - Lorenzo Azzi, 0133 BSB
10AM - Sarah Landsberger, 0219 BSB
11AM - Lorenzo Azzi, 2019 BSB
12PM - Lorenzo Azzi, 0161 BSB
8AM - Rishi Bhalla, 0115 BSB
9AM - Rishi Bhalla, 0215 BSB
10AM - Rishi Bhalla, 0311 BSB
11AM - Liz Mullen, 1076 BSB
12PM - Liz Mullen, 0133 BSB
There will be no textbook
for the course. There will be assigned readings, however. These will be
made available either (a) on the class webpage or (b) in class. Readings
assignments will be announced in lecture as they come up.
For students who are planning to major in psychology, I strongly recommend
that you purchase a book and study the chapters that correspond to the
lecture materials. If you are planning to take the GRE for psychology
one day, as you might need to do if you plan to go to graduate school,
then you'll need to know more than what we will cover in here. I strongly
recommend the following text:
Psychology by Alan J. Fridlund, Daniel Reisberg, Henry Gleitman
WW Norton & Co
This text can be ordered
from www.amazon.com for $86.
Structure and Overview
of the Course
The objective of this
class is to introduce you to the science of psychology. We will cover
a broad range of classic topics in philosophy and psychology, including
the relationship between mind and matter; the contributions of nature
and nurture to development; stability and change in personality organization;
free will and issues concerning human freedom, choice, and unconscious
cognition; and social behavior.
The class will be primarily
lecture and demonstration. The lab sections will consist largely of discussions
of the readings, as well as some supplementary exercises. Students are
expected to read the papers corresponding to each set of lectures (see
above) prior to lab section. Exams will be based primarily upon topics
covered in class, but will also cover specifics from the readings.
There will be five multiple-choice/essay
exams during the course. One of these will be a cumulative final
during finals week. There will be NO make-up exams, unless there is an
emergency. I retain the right to judge the legitimacy of the emergency,
and it is unlikely that I will grant a make-up exam unless I have been
notified of the "emergency" prior to the actual exam time.
Psychology Experience Credit (PEC). As part of this course, you
are expected to earn 8 Psychology Experience Credits (PECs). Like any
other course requirement, these credits will be factored into your final
course grade. You may earn your 8 PECs by any of three methods: (1) participating
as a subject in IRB-approved research studies conducted under the supervision
of Psychology Department faculty, (2) writing summaries of published empirical
research using the resources of UIC's Daley Library, and/or (3) participating
as a simulated client in one or more professional training sessions conducted
by, and for the purpose of training, advanced undergraduate and graduate
students in psychology. You have the option of earning all 8 PECs by any
one of these methods, or you may earn some PECs by each method. The requirement
is simply that you earn a total of 8 PECs. A separate document that explains
each of these methods in greater detail will be distributed in class,
and is also available online at www.uic.edu/classes/psych/psych100/.
Each PEC you earn, up to a maximum of 8, will count for 1 percent of your
course grade, with an extra two percent awarded if you complete all 8
PECs. Thus, for example, if you earn 6 PECs they will count for 6% of
your grade, whereas if you earn 8 PECs, they will count 8 + 2 = 10% of
your course grade.
The average of your
exams will count toward 82% of your final grade; the labs (attendance,
participation, assignments) will count toward 10% of your final grade;
PECs will count toward 8% of your final grade. (If you do all 8, then
the PECs will count toward 10% of your grade and the extra 2% is added
on for free, so to speak.)
is tentative. It reflects the order in which we will precede, but
not the exact dates. The exam dates, however, are set and will not be
Lectures on will be
organized into 5 topical areas that reflect some of the common philosophical
themes underlying classic and modern psychological inquiry:
Mind and matter.
In this section we will discuss the relations between psychological events
(e.g., experience, sensation, emotion, thought) and physical events (e.g.,
neuronal activity, endocrine regulation). We will review some of the basic
principals of physiological organization, and how these principals might
help us understand learning, memory, emotion, and perception.
Nature and nurture. In this section we will discuss the ways in
which evolution by natural selection may have shaped our psychology. We
will also focus on recent findings and theories concerning the influence
of genetic factors in psychological functioning, as well as debates on
how these factors may interact with experience to shape the person and
his or her competencies.
Free will and determinism.
In this section we will discuss the extent to which people's behaviors,
thoughts, and feelings are governed by their own conscious choices. We
will discuss theories and data concerning learning and cognition; the
role of social status and organization in shaping our actions and emotions;
and the degree to which we can or cannot control certain aspects of our
experience (e.g., ESP, biofeedback).
Persons and situations.
In this section we will discuss the role of others in shaping and constraining
our behavior. We will discuss the dynamics of persuasion and influence,
the role of social status in governing behavior, and the ways in which
certain situations may affect individuals differently. We will also discuss
modern theories of personality and individual differences.
Stability and change.
In this section we will discuss the development of psychological characteristics,
as well as factors that promote and inhibit the stability of persons.
We will also highlight psychological disorders and the degree to which
they can or cannot be treated.
UPDATES on PRINTING
Some students have reported difficulties printing lecture overheads from
the web. The overhead files consume a lot of memory, so if your computer
has an older processor, it might not be capable of holding the files.
Regardless, if you're having difficulty, here is a list of places on campus
from which students have been able to print successfully:
CCC Computer lab
H-room, 2nd floor of food court
If you're having difficulties with the readings not printing on a full
page, you may need to adjust your browser defaults. Please try modifying
the margins, or printing in "landscape" orientation. If you're
using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to "File," "Page
Setup," and alter the "Orientation" and/or "Margins."
UPDATES on FIRST
As noted in lecture, the exam will be a combination of about 25 multiple
choice questions and 2 short essays. The multiple-choice questions will
primarily test you on your knowledge of various concepts, terms, and experimental
findings. The short essay questions (there will be two of them) will ask
you a broad question, and you will be asked to write a coherent, well-thought
answer to the question, drawing on things you have learned in class or
from your readings. For example, a possible question is, "Why is
it that we don't experience a hole in our visual field, despite the fact
that there is a hole in our retinas--a place where no photoreceptors exist?"
A good answer would discuss some of the research findings on the blind
spot that have helped us understand this phenomenon.
What will you be responsible
for on the exam? I expect you to have an understanding of everything that
has been covered in lecture, as well as in the readings for your sections.
I will not ask detailed questions about the readings, but you should have
a good understanding of the major themes of those papers, what some of
the important questions are, and what the author or authors think the
best answers to those questions are.
UPDATES on THIRD EXAM
In lecture on March 22 the class voted to hold the third exam on March
29. The exam will cover the material from the lectures on March 22 and
March 27, as well as the readings associated with those two weeks ("Fly
in the DNA" and "Do Parents Matter?"). The exam will be
a bit shorter than usual, but will count the same as any other exam, as
per class vote. Please bring a # 2 pencil.
Jan 9 - 11
to psychology: The Humanities Meet the Natural Sciences
Jan 16 - 18
The Scientific Method in Psychology & Research
Mind and matter. Neurons: The building blocks
of the nervous system
Jan 23 - 25
and matter. Sensation and perception 1: The interplay between the
world, physiology, and subjective experience
Mind and matter. Sensation and perception
2: The interplay between the world, physiology, and subjective experience
Reading assignment for Week 3 lab: Dennett:
"Where am I?"
Jan 30 - Feb 1
Mind and matter. Hormones and behavior: Testosterone,
rouges, heroes, and lovers
Guest lecture by
Psychology and health
Reading assignment for Week 4 lab: Ramachandran:
Filling in gaps in perception: Part II. Scotomas and phantom limbs
Feb 6 - 8
and matter. Mind & Memory: The Structure of Memory Systems
Mind and matter. Mind & Memory: How Memory
Phenomena May Arise from Neural Processes
Reading assignment for Week 5 lab: LeDoux:
Emotion, Memory, and the Brain
Feb 13 - 15
1 Feb 13 [key]
Mind and matter. Mind & Memory: How Memory
Phenomena May Arise from Neural Processes (Note: These are the
same overheads from Feb 8. We will continue where we left off)
Reading assignment for Week 6 lab: Can
Feb 20 - 22
and nurture. Evolution and Psychology: How "Human" is Human
Nature and nurture. Adaptations: In What Ways
May Have Natural Selection Shaped Our Psychology?
Reading assignment for Week 7 lab: Darwin
on his mind
| Week 8
Feb 27 - Mar 1
and nurture. Adaptations: In What Ways May Have Natural Selection
Shaped Our Psychology? (Note: These are the same overheads from
Feb 22. We will continue where we left off)
Nature and nurture. Parenting and development:
Does corporal punishment play a role in shaping a child's development?
Week 8 lab assignment
Mar 6 - 8
2 Mar 6 [bring a #2 pencil] [key]
*** Thursday Mar 8: Class is canceled ***
Reading assignment for Week 9 lab: Fly
in the DNA
Mar 13 - 15
Break - No Classes or labs
Mar 20 - 22
Mar 20: Power
Outage in Classroom!! Class canceled.
Nature and nurture. How much do parents
matter in personality development?
for Week 11 lab: Do
Mar 27 - 29
and nurture. How much do parents matter in personality development?
Harris' Group Socialization Theory
Exam 3 Mar 29 [key]
Sections: Spend time reviewing for the exam, catching up on readings,
Apr 3 - 5
will and determinism. An Introduction to Freudian Thought
Free will and determinism. Freudian Ideas
in Modern Psychology: Unconscious Processes
Reading assignment for Week 13 lab: Freud
Under Analysis by Colin McGinn, New York Review of Books
Apr 10 - 12
and situations. The Power of the Situation: The Milgram Study on Obedience
Persons and situations: The Power of the Situation: The Stanford Prison
Study (film) [A web-based slide show on this study is available at
Section assignment for Week 14: Dream Assignment
Apr 17 - 19
and change. Psychological Disorders: Theoretical Perspectives and
Stability and change. Psychological Disorders:
Theoretical Perspectives and Treatment
Section assignment for Week 15: Film Discussion
[last week of sections]
Apr 24 - 26
Guest lecture by Lorenzo Azzi on Panic Attacks,
Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia
Exam 4 April 26 [key]
Fri Room A1, building LC
10:30 - 12:30
Finding careers: University of Sterling's useful
webpage on career opportunities.
Marky Lloyd's Careers in
Psychology Page: A useful page on psychology-related careers and opportunities.
American Psychological Association's
Student Page: Great page for students. Includes links to information
on career options, discounted journal rates, and guides to graduate school.
Harvard Brain Atlas:
Nice Java-based scripts for exploring the brain. Site allows you to study
"virtual" slices of the human brain.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Dreams: Nice question and answer site about dreams: What are
the neurochemical bases of dreaming? What do dreams mean?
Psychology Resources Page: Wonderful
page that includes links to a number of psychology-related resources.