- 205: Research Methods in Psychology :
This course provides an introduction to psychological research techniques and methodology. Topics to be covered include the logic of research, the issues that must be considered in deciding how to study various psychological phenomena, and ways to address the difficulties posed by the limitations of specific studies. Ways for assessing threats to the internal and external validity of studies will be examined. These issues will be illustrated through reference to the examples of research on various topics in psychology. In addition to lectures and readings, students will participate actively in the design and analysis of several research projects. Students will also learn to write research reports in the style used by research psychologists. (Syllabus)
- 301/371: Personality Research: (renumbered to 371 in 2008-2009) The basic theme of this course is that the proper study of human behavior should include an examination of individual differences in behavior. This course will include an examination of the sources (both biological and environmental), the correlates, and the consequences of individual differences in at least four different dimensions of personality, intellect, and temperament. Syllabus
- 405: Psychometric Theory: This course acquaints the student with the fundamental vocabulary and logic of behavioral assessment. It develops the capacity for critical judgment of the adequacy of measures purported to assess behavior, and reviews some of the relevant literature in personality assessment, psychometric theory and practice, and methods of observing and measuring behavior. (Syllabus) See also Revelle, W. (in preparation) An introduction to psychometric theory with applications in R.
- 454: Psychological Measurement: Structural Equation Modeling (alternate years)
- 442: Experimental Approaches to Personality:
This course considers the distinction between correlational and experimental approaches to personality and the importance of interactional designs and the place of theory in choosing such designs. It is meant to foster a better understanding of basic issues in experimental design and to teach a familarity with current experimental personality research. (Not available on the web.)
- 498: Cognition, Personality, and Motivation; : An overview of how cognitive and motivational theory can be applied to personality and clinical research. A review of cognitive resources and how these resources are affected by motivational state. Individual differences are seen as affecting resource availability and cognitive structure and content. Cognitive structure and content are also seen as leading to individual differences in personality and behavior. (Syllabus) Out of date.