Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology

Course description:
An introduction to some of the major subfields of psychology, such as developmental, personality, abnormal, clinical, physiological, cognitive, cultural, and social psychology. Students will explore various theoretical perspectives and research methods used by psychologists to study the origins and variations in human behavior.
Prerequisite: None

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Psychology 207: Developmental Psychology

Course description:
Behavior and psychological development in infancy and childhood. An examination of theory and research pertaining to personality, social, and cognitive development. Lecture, discussion, demonstration, and observation of children. Observations at the Child Study Center required.
Prerequisite: 101, AP Score of 5 or permission of instructor.

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Psychology 307R: Research Methods in Developmental Psychology

Course description:
An introduction to research methods appropriate to the study of human development. Individual and group projects. Laboratory. Each section limited to 12 students. Observations at the Child Study Center required.
Prerequisite: 205 and 207. Not open to students who have taken [207R].

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Psychology 344: Social Imagination

Course Description:

An examination of the uses and types of imagination in both childhood and adulthood. This course will touch on the mechanics of mental imagery and discuss the ways in which imagery is manifest in cognition and particularly in management of social relationships. Emphasis will be placed on the connections between imagination and emotion, such as in children's enactment of scary or nurturant pretend play. How imagination affects interpersonal interactions will be considered, as will other topics such as children's creation of imaginary companions, imagination as pathology, and individual differences in imagination, imagery of individuals deprived of particular senses, and the influence of imagination on memory.
Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors who have taken two 200-level courses, exluding 205.

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Psychology 345: Early Relationships

Course description:
The purpose of this seminar is to study the implications of early relationships on children's social and cognitive growth and development. Students spend a few weeks at the beginning of the semester learning about theory and research on interpersonal relationships and then use this information to structure their examination of specific relationships. Readings are selected from recent research on specific relationships, including those with caregivers, siblings, peers, friends, and imaginary companions.
Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors who have taken two 200-level units, excluding 205, and including 207.

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Tracy R. Gleason, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203


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