Psychology

The Doctoral Degree:
The Master's Degree:
National Honor Society:
Courses of Instruction

Available on the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Prerequisites:
B.A. or B.S. degree, including a major in psychology or a 24-hour equivalent. Satisfactory scores on the Aptitude Tests of the Graduate Record Examination are required. Students with majors in other disciplines will be considered upon request, but may be required to make up any deficiencies in their undergraduate preparations.

Graduate Programs:
Studies leading to a Master's or Ph.D. degree in general-experimental psychology are offered.

The Doctoral Degree:
The program leading to the Ph.D. degree has a research emphasis reflecting the study of psychology as a science rather than the therapeutic aspects of psychology. The term "research" should be interpreted broadly. The program is not limited to traditional experimental psychology, nor is it committed solely to laboratory-based methods. The Department believes that a measure of specialized knowledge-built upon a firm but broad base of psychological principles and methods-constitutes the best plan for most of its students.
Although the graduate program leads to a Ph.D. in General-Experimental Psychology, the student is expected to pursue a specialized area of research. For information about areas of research interests of the faculty, contact the Psychology Department.

Graduate students may be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree upon completion of a core course program and the demonstration of basic proficiency in scientific psychology.

The Master's Degree:
A predoctoral Master of Arts or Master of Science degree requiring a minimum of 30 approved semester hours, including at least six semester hours of thesis is available. This program is recommended for those students who plan to pursue doctoral level graduate study.

National Honor Society:
The Department of Psychology sponsors the TCU chapter of Psi Chi, national honorary society for psychology.
 
The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.
 
Courses of Study

General Studies


50303 MODERN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing and approval of instructor. Introduction to current topics in experimental psychology, particularly learning, motivation, perception, and the designs and statistics utilized in their study. Intended for nonpsychology students. Concurrent registration in PSYC 50311 is encouraged.

50311 LABORATORY IN MODERN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. One laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in PSYC 50303 or approval of the instructor. Theory and application of experimental design.

50413 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in psychology, or approval of instructor. The scientific and philosophic antecedents of contemporary psychology in relation to their current influence on the field.

50543 ADVANCED GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Review and integration of the field of general psychology for the student entering graduate training. Emphasis is on the logical and empirical bases of fundamental psychological concepts.

50563 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in psychology, or approval of instructor. Data and research methods related to the development of the human organism from its prenatal origins through old age.

Quantitative Methods


50213 DATA ANALYSIS. Prerequisite: PSYC 30503. Introduction to SPSS in application to research in the behavioral sciences, including use of SPSS functions for data analysis. Attention is also given to the use of univariate and multivariate methods of exploratory data analysis.

50411 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF STATISTICAL INFERENCE. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or approval of instructor. (Ph.D. students must take concurrently with PSYC 50423). Designed to supplement Psychology 50423. Will provide an in-depth view of the models and theories underlying analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis and the non-parametric techniques.

50423 GRADUATE STATISTICS. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing or approval of instructor. The conceptual basis of statistical inference. Topics include: analysis of variance models, correlation and regression analysis and non-parametric techniques.

50523 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. Prerequisite: PSYC 50423, Graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. The planning and design of behavioral research including the specification of research problems, development of appropriate designs, the use of appropriate analytic techniques, and the interpretation of results.

60613 MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS. Prerequisite: PSYC 50423 or approval of instructor. Multivariate correlation methods, discriminant function analysis, factor analysis and related techniques.

80100 SPECIAL TOPICS IN QUANTITATIVE METHODS. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90100 ADVANCED STUDIES IN QUANTITATIVE METHODS.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

Learning and Motivation


50603 CONTEMPORARY LEARNING THEORY.
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing in psychology, or approval of instructor. Selected theoretical principles important for understanding complex behavior, and their recent extensions and applications to human social behavior, autonomic and psychosomatic functioning, etc.

60553 CONDITIONING AND LEARNING.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. Basic research in the field of learning, emphasizing empirical study of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, generalization, discrimination and extinction.

60561 LABORATORY IN CONDITIONING AND LEARNING.
Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior registration in PSYC 60553, or approval of instructor.

60563 HUMAN LEARNING.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or approval of instructor. A review of research methods and theories of human learning with special emphasis on the acquisition of verbal and social behavior in both children and adults.

60683 ADVANCED COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. The development of anatomical structures, environmental factors and behavior of species throughout the animal kingdom. Emphasis is on interspecies comparison and the understanding of human behavior in terms of its evolutionary antecedents.
60723 MOTIVATION. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. Concepts, theories and systematic investigations of motivation, covering historic lines of development with particular emphasis on recent contributions.

80200 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LEARNING AND MOTIVATION.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90200 ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEARNING AND MOTIVATION.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

Perception and Cognition


50583 COGNITION.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. Current topics in the area of cognition including thinking, language, memory, decision making and problem solving.

60533 PERCEPTION.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. The relations of sensation and perception, stimulus and receptor correlates, phenomenological and configurational theories and the integration of perception with the phenomena of motivation and learning.

80300 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PERCEPTION AND COGNITION.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90300 ADVANCED STUDIES IN PERCEPTION AND COGNITION.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

Physiological Psychology


50403 ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate standing and PSYC 30463 or approval of instructor. An indepth analysis of the neural and endocrine components of normal and abnormal behavior with emphasis on classic studies in the field.

50463 FUNDAMENTALS OF NEUROSCIENCE.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing or approval of the instructor. The fundamentals of functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with an emphasis on experimental and theoretical analysis of the basic brain-behavior relationships.

50472-50482 LABORATORY IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE.
Prerequisite: PSYC 30463 or its equivalent or PSYC 50653 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration in either PSYC 50463 or PSYC 30463. One lecture and one laboratory per week. Emphasis will be on the laboratory techniques employed in physiological psychology and neuroscience in analyzing the neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. (Also offered as BIOL 50472-50482.)

50513 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY.
Prerequisite: PSYC 10213, 10514, 10524, or equivalent, or approval of instructor. Theory and principles of behavioral and biochemical methods of assaying drug action, with primary emphasis on the study of the effects of neuropharmacological agents or endogenous systems.

60500 SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY OF BEHAVIOR.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Weekly discussion in current topics in the chemistry of behavior.

60543 SENSORY PROCESSES.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. Energy transduction in the external and internal senses, afferent control via receptor adjustment and neural interaction, centripetal information processing and the relation of sensors to homeostatic regulation.

80400 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90400 ADVANCED STUDIES IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

Social Psychology and Personality


50453 EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Two lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or approval of instructor. Concepts and methods of research on attitudes, communication and persuasion, group structure, and group processes.

50483 SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND PERSONALITY.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in Psychology, or approval of instructor. Influence of social systems on the development of personality; influence of personality on social structure; analysis of behavior as influenced by combined social and personality variables. (Same as SOCI 50483.)

50493 ADVANCED PERSONALITY.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in psychology and PSYC 30443, or approval of instructor. Current topics from the empirical and theoretical literature on personality.

60663 ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. A survey of the literature of social psychology with emphasis upon recent research.

60823 GROUP PROCESSES.
Prerequisite: PSYC 60663 or approval of instructor. Theories and systematic investigations in the social psychological literature on group processes with a historical as well as contemporary focus.

60833 ATTITUDES.
Prerequisites: PSYC 60663 or approval of instructor. Theories and systematic investigations of attitude change with a historical as well as contemporary focus.

80500 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PERSONALITY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90500 ADVANCED STUDIES IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PERSONALITY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

Special Topics


60000 SPECIAL STUDY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. May be independent study or research under Code 1, or may be a special course in an area not covered in regular courses (Code 2 or higher).

70120 PRACTICUM IN COLLEGE TEACHING.
Prerequisite: Department approval. May be taken under the following codes for 1 semester hour credit each. Code1: Group Discussion Method. Preparation and practice in conducting discussion groups. Code 2: Lecture Method. Preparation and presentation of lectures. Code 3: Laboratory Instruction. Preparation and practice in the planning and supervision of psychological laboratory courses.

70130 ADVANCED TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Supervised practice in college teaching. Note: No more than 4 semester hours in PSYC 70120 and PSYC 70130 may be applied toward the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree.

70530 EXPERIMENTAL INSTRUMENTATION
.Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or approval of instructor. Instruction in the design, maintenance and use of complex instruments for measuring psychological and behavioral events.

70980 THESIS.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and approval of Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology.

70990 THESIS.
Prerequisite: PSYC 70980 and admission to candidacy.

80600 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Seminars or other special courses.

90600 ADVANCED STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual study or research.

90980 DISSERTATION.
Prerequisite: Approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be taken.

90990 DISSERTATION.
Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of PSYC 90980 and admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.