Courses to be offered in 2016-2017
Year 1 Semester 1
This course provides students with a broad overview of psychology, the scientific study of human behaviour. Topics covered include major approaches, theories and research methods in the diverse sub-fields in psychology, such as biological, developmental, cognitive, personality, social and abnormal psychology.
Ciccarelli, S. K., & White, J. N. (2015). Psychology (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Barbara, L. F., Susan, N., Richard C. A., Christel, L., Ernest R. H., & Geoffrey R. L. (2014). Atkinson & Hilgard’s introduction to psychology (16th Rev. ed.). New York: Cengage Learning EMEA.
Feldman, R. S. (2012). Psychology and your life (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Hicks, S. J., & Sales, B. D. (2006). Criminal profiling: Developing an effective science and practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Kalat, J. W. (2013). Introduction to psychology (10th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Cengage Learning.
Kroodsma, D. E. (2007). The singing life of birds: The art and science of listening to birdsong. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Kosslyn, S. M., & Rosenberg, R. S. (2000). Psychology: The brain, the person, the world. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Nisbett, R. E. (2010). Intelligence and how to get it: Why schools and cultures count. New York: W.W.
Rathus, S. A. (2011). Psychology: Concepts & connections (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
Weiten, W. (2012). Psychology: Themes & variations (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Controlling anger — before it controls you. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx
Nobel Media AB. (2013). Ivan Pavlov – biographical. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1904/pavlov-bio.html
PsyBlog. (2007, November 13). Why We Do Dumb or Irrational Things: 10 Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/11/10-piercing-insights-into-human-nature.php
Rob, P. (1996, February 5). The joy of visual perception. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://www.yorku.ca/eye/thejoy.htm
Ruut, V., Happiness Economics Research Organization, & Erasmus University Rotterdam. (2012). World database of happiness. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/
Social Psychology Network. (2014). Social Psychology Network. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://www.socialpsychology.org/
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (2007). Health Service. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from https://wellness.uwsp.edu/other/stress/
Year 1 Semester 2
This course aims to enable students to understand the nature and basic concepts of human development and gain knowledge of life developmental stages and their related issues. The course will focus on teaching students about the nature of human development. The questions and controversies about human development will be introduced and discussed. Students will learn about different stages of development across the life span, including infancy and toddlerhood, pre-school childhood and childhood, early adolescence and adolescence, early adulthood and adulthood, later adulthood and aging.
Boyd, D., & Bee, H. (2012). Lifespan development (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Guest, A. M. (2013). Taking sides: Clashing views in lifespan development (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Sigelman, C. K., & Rider, E. A. (2012). Human development across the life span (7th ed.). United Kingdom: Cengage learning.
Adolph, K. E., Vereijken, B., & Shrout, P. E. (2003). What changes in infant walking and why? Child Development, 74, 475-497.
Ahrons, C. (2007). Family ties after divorce: Long-term implications for children. Family Process, 46, 53-65.
Ainsworth, M. D. S. (1979). Infant-mother attachment. American Psychologist, 34, 932-937.
Baillargeon, R., & DeVos, J. (1991). Object permanence in young children: Further evidence. Child Development, 62, 1227-1246.
Campa, M. I., Hazan, C., & Wolfe, J. E. (2009). The form and function of attachment behavior in the daily lives of young adults. Social Development, 18, 288-304.
Campbell, F. A., Pungello, E. P., Miller-Johnson, S., Burchinal, M., & Ramey, C. T. (2001). The development of cognitive and academic abilities: Growth curves from an early childhood educational experiment. Developmental Psychology, 37, 231-243.
Chen, X., & Wang, L. (2014). Loneliness in Chinese children across contexts. Developmental Psychology, 50, 10, 2324-2333.
Dupere, V., Archambault, I., Leventhal, T., Dion, E., & Anderson, S. (2015). School mobility and school-age children’s social adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 51, 2, 197-210.
Henry, N. J. M., Berg, C. A., Smith, T. W., & Florsheim, P. (2007). Positive and negative characteristics of marital interaction and their association with marital satisfaction in middle aged and older couples. Psychology and Aging, 22, 428-441.
Kim, S. H. (2009). The influence of finding meaning and worldview of accepting death on anger among bereaved older spouses. Aging and Mental Health, 13, 38-45.
Lindenberger, U., & Ghisletta, P. (2009). Cognitive and sensory declines in old age: Gauging the evidence for a common cause. Psychology and Aging, 24, 1-16.
Mikami, A. Y., Szwedo, D. E., Allen, J. P., Evans, M. A., & Hare, A. L. (2010). Adolescent peer relationships and behavior problems predict young adults’ communication on social networking websites. Developmental Psychology, 46, 46-56.
Nakamoto, J., & Schwartz, D. (2010). Is peer victimization associated with academic achievement? A meta-analytic review. Social Development, 19, 221-242.
Poulin, F., & Pedersen, S. (2007). Developmental changes in gender composition of friendship networks in adolescent girls and boys. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1484-1496.
Slagt, M., Dekovic, M., de Haan, A. D., van den Akker, A. L., & Prinzie, P. (2012). Longitudinal associations between mothers’ and fathers’ sense of competence and children’s externalizing problems: The mediating role of parenting. Developmental Psychology, 48, 6, 1554-1562.
Trzesniewski, K. H., Donnellan, M. B., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Robins, R. W., & Poultin, R. (2006). Adolescent low self-esteem is a risk factor for adult poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects. Developmental Psychology, 42, 381-390.
Wang, M. T., & Brinkworth, M. (2013). Moderating effects of teacher-student relationship in adolescent trajectories of emotional and behavioral adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 49, 4, 690-705.
Introduction to Statistics is concerned with the application of statistical methods in describing and making inferences of numerical data typically encountered in social sciences. Students will learn to understand the logic, purpose and techniques of statistical analyses, particularly those for psychology.
Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Coups, E. J. (2012). Statistics for psychology (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Pallant, J. (2013). SPSS survival manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using IBM Spss (5th ed.). Berkshire, UK: McGraw Hill.
Burton, L. J. (2010). An Integrative Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology (3rd ed.). Brisbane, Australia: John Wiley & Sons.
Green, S. B., & Salkind, N. J. (2010). Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Haslam, S. A., & McGarty, C. (2014). Research methods and statistics in Psychology (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage.
Have you ever wondered why team-work is difficult and others don’t seem to trust or appreciate your efforts? Why do you find it easier to say “Yes” than “No” under group pressure? Why do people fall in love and break up so quickly? And why apparently friendly individuals can become so cruel toward outsiders and strangers? Social psychology can answer these questions and more by studying how the actual, imagined or implied presence of others influences a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions; the interrelations amongst individuals; and their interactions and the societies they live in.This course provides an introductory survey of the field of social psychology, its concepts, methods and research findings. Through different learning activities, students will be able to relate and apply social psychological concepts to daily issues and social interactions, as well as understand the power of the social situation and culture.
Hogg, M. & Vaughan, G. (2014). Social Psychology, 7th edition. Pearson.
Abelson, R. P., Frey, K. P., & Gregg, A. P. (2004). Experiments with people: Revelations from social psychology. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Batson, C. D. (2005). Seven possible social-psychological wisdoms. Psychological Inquiry, 16(4), 152-157.
Duck, S. (1998). Human relationships, 3rd edition. London. UK: Sage. [Especially Chapter 3.] This book is also available in Chinese: 人際關係 / 作者 Steve Duck ; 譯者魏希聖, 謝雅萍. 台北縣永和市 : 韋伯文化國際出版有限公司, 2004.
Garcia, S. M., Tor, A., & Schiff, T. M. (2013). The psychology of competition: A social comparison perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8(6), 634-650.
Kitayama, S., & Uskul, A. K. (2011). Culture, mind, and the brain: Current evidence future directions. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 419-449.
Ng, S.H. (2005). Intergroup behaviour and ethnicity: A social psychological perspective. Asian Ethnicity, 5, 19-34.
Ng, S.H., Han, S., Mao, L., & Lai, J.C.L. (2010). Dynamic bicultural brains: fMRI study of their flexible neural representation of self and significant others in response to culture primes. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 13, 83-91.
Swann, W. B., Jr., Chang-Schneider, C., & McClarty, K. L. (2007). Do people’s self-views matter?: Self-concept and self-esteem in everyday life. American Psychologist, 62(2), 84-94.
Zhu, Y., & Han, S. (2008). Cultural differences in the self: From philosophy to psychology and neuroscience. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(5), 1799-1811.
戴维·迈尔斯 (David Myers) (2014). 社会心理学(第11版). 侯玉波 (译者), 乐国安 (译者), 张智勇 (译者), 等 (译者). 出版社: 人民邮电出版社. ISBN: 9787115369840
伍錫洪丶葉嘉雯丶吳挺堅 (2013)。 全球一體化和雙文化對硏究華人心理的啓示。出自: 葉光輝 主編《華人的心理與行為：全球化脈絡下的硏究反思》 (79-106頁). 第四屆國際漢學會議論文集。臺北中央硏究院民族學硏究所出版。
This course is an advanced study of the motives and emotions that underlie thought and behaviour. Theories from the biological, behavioural, cognitive and social psychological perspectives on motivation and emotion would be explored. In addition, the historical background of motivation and emotion research, as well as a number of current applied motivational approaches will be examined.
Deckers, L. (2014). Motivation: Biological, Psychological, and Environmental (4th ed.). New York: Taylor & Francis Group.
Franken, R. E. (2007). Human motivation (6th ed.). California: Thomson/Wadsworth.
Johnston, A. (2013). Self and emotional life: Philosophy, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. New York: Columbia University Press.
Keltner, D., Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J. M. (2014). Understanding emotions (3rd ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.
Kuss, D. J., Griffiths, M. D., & Binder, J. F. (2013). Internet addiction in students: Prevalence and risk factors. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(3), 959-966.
Petri, H., & Govern, J. (2013). Motivation: Theory, Research and Application (6th ed.). Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA.
Reeve, J. (2015). Understanding motivation and emotion (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Year 2 Semester 1
Cognitive Psychology is about how human interacts with information, both from the immediate environment and from previous experience. This is the first course in cognitive psychology and it covers a wide range of topics including perception, attention, memory, decision-making and language. Students will be introduced to both the theoretical background and the representative empirical findings relating to these topics. Building upon the foundation topics in cognitive psychology, a few selected special topics in cognitive science will also be discussed toward the end of the course. In addition to attending lectures, students will be engaged in small-group discussions during tutorial sessions. This course provides the foundation, which enables students to further explore how human minds work.
Goldstein, E. B. (2014). Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience. Nelson Education.
Barrett, J. L. (2011). Cognitive science, religion and theology: From human minds to divine minds. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.
Cohen, M. A., Cavanagh, P., Chun, M. M., & Nakayama, K. (2012). The attentional requirements of consciousness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 411-417.
Gauthier, I., & Bukach, C. (2007). Should we reject the expertise hypothesis? Cognition, 103, 322-330.
Gervais, W. M. (2013). Perceiving minds and gods: How mind perception enables, constrains, and is triggered by belief in gods. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8, 380-394.
Kelemen, D. (2004). Are children “intuitive theists”?: Reasoning about purpose and design in nature. Psychological Science, 15, 295-301.
Koch, C., & Tsuchiya, N. (2007). Attention and consciousness: Two distinct brain processes. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 16-22.
McKone, E., Kanwisher, N., & Duchaine, B. C. (2007). Can generic expertise explain special processing for faces? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 8-15.
Pyysiäinen, I., & Hauser, M. (2010). The origins of religion: evolved adaptation or by-product? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 104-109.
Richler, J. J., Wong, Y. K., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Perceptual expertise as a shift from strategic interference to automatic holistic processing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 129-134.
Smith, E. E., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2007). Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Van Boxtel, J. J. A., Tsuchiya, N., & Koch, C. (2010). Opposing effects of attention and consciousness on afterimages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 107, 8883-8888.
Wilmer, J. B., Germine, L., Chabris, C. F., Chatterjee, G., Williams, M., Loken, E., Nakayama, K., & Duchaine, B. (2010). Human face recognition ability is specific and highly heritable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 107, 5238-5241.
This course provides an introduction to major theories and research on personality. It addresses what personality is and how we go about studying personality. Students will learn how personality is related to everyday life, evidence supporting and refuting different tenets of personality theories and uses and interpretations of personality assessments.
Friedman & Schustack. (2014). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research (5th ed Pearson Internaitonal Edition). Pearson.
Back, M. D., Stopfer, J. M., Vazire, S., Gaddis, S., Schmukle, S. C., Egloff, B., & Gosling, S. D. (2010). Facebook profiles reflect actual personality, not self-idealization. Psychological Science, 21(3), 372-374.
Burger J. M. (2015). Personality (9th ed). Cenegage.
Boyle G. J., Matthews G., & Saklofske D. H. (2008). The Sage Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Personality Measurement and Testing, Volume 2. Sage.
Carver, C. S., & Connor-Smith, J. (2010). Personality and coping. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 679-704.
Cheung, F. M., Leung, K., Zhang, J. X., Sun, H. F., Gan, Y. Q., Song, W. Z., & Xie, D. (2001). Indigenous Chinese Personality Constructs Is the Five-Factor Model Complete?. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 32, 407-433.
DeYoung, C. G., Hirsh, J. B., Shane, M. S., Papademetris, X., Rajeevan, N., & Gray, J. R. (2010). Testing predictions from personality neuroscience brain structure and the big five. Psychological Science, 21(6), 820-828.
Dingemanse, N. J., Kazem, A. J., Réale, D., & Wright, J. (2010). Behavioural reaction norms: animal personality meets individual plasticity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25(2), 81-89.
Fromm, E. (2013). Sigmund Freud’s mission: An analysis of his personality and influence. Open Road Media.
John, O. P., Robins, R. W., & Pervin, L. A. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of personality: Theory and research. Guilford Press.
Koolhaas, J. M., De Boer, S. F., Coppens, C. M., & Buwalda, B. (2010). Neuroendocrinology of coping styles: towards understanding the biology of individual variation. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology, 31(3), 307-321.
Kotov, R., Gamez, W., Schmidt, F., & Watson, D. (2010). Linking “big” personality traits to anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 136(5), 768.
McCrae, R. R., & Terracciano, A. (2005). Universal features of personality traits from the observer’s perspective: data from 50 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(3), 547.
Mischel, W. (2013). Personality and assessment. Psychology Press.
Vazire, S. (2010). Who knows what about a person? The self–other knowledge asymmetry (SOKA) model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98(2), 281.
Vianello, M., Schnabel, K., Sriram, N., & Nosek, B. (2013). Gender differences in implicit and explicit personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(8), 994-999.
Year 2 Semester 2
In this course students will learn the basic types of research methods and experimental designs (e.g., experiments and surveys, within-subjects and between-subjects designs) and know how to use them appropriately in various situations. Students will also learn to address important issues in designing and conducting psychological experiments and surveys (e.g., research ethics, literature review, control groups, and presentations).
Goodwin, C. J., & Goodwin, K. A. (2013). Research in Psychology: Methods and Design (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
American Psychological Association (2010). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
Cook, T. D., Campbell, D. T., & Day, A. (1979). Quasi-experimentation: Design & analysis issues for field settings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Kline, P. (2013). Handbook of psychological testing. Routledge.
LeBel, E. P., & Peters, K. R. (2011). Fearing the future of empirical psychology: Bem’s (2011) evidence of psi as a case study of deficiencies in modal research practice. Review of General Psychology, 15(4), 371.
Lilienfeld, S. O. (2012). Public skepticism of psychology: why many people perceive the study of human behavior as unscientific. American Psychologist, 67(2), 111.
Biological Psychology (or biopsychology) is about the biology of human mind and behaviour. This is the first course in behavioural neuroscience and it covers a wide range of topics including neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of behaviour, neurodevelopment, sensory and perceptual systems, memory, language and emotion. Students will be introduced to the major concepts, the theories and the representative empirical findings relating to these topics. Building upon these foundation topics in biopsychology, a few selected special topics in behavioural neuroscience will also be discussed toward the end of the course. This course provides the foundation in behavioural neuroscience, which enables students to further explore how human minds work with a neuroscience perspective. In addition to attending lectures, students will be engaged in small-group discussions during tutorial sessions.
Pinel, J. P. J. (2014). Biopsychology (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Boyer, P. (2003). Religious thought and behaviour as by-products of brain function. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 119-124.
Crescentini, C., Aglioti, S. M., Fabbro, F., & Urgesi, C. (2014). Virtual lesions of the inferior parietal cortex induce fast changes of implicit religiousness/spirituality. Cortex, 54, 1-15.
Dietrich, A. (2004). The cognitive neuroscience of creativity. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 1011-1026.
Haggard, P. (2008). Human volition: Towards a neuroscience of will. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 9, 934-946.
Harris, S., Kaplan, J. T., Curiel, A., Bookheimer, S. Y., Iacoboni, M., & Cohen, M. S. (2009). The neural correlates of religious and nonreligious belief. PLoS ONE, 4(10): e0007272.
Haynes, J. D. (2009). Decoding visual consciousness from human brain signals. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 194-202.
Inzlicht, M., McGregor, I., Hirsh, J. B., & Nash, K. (2009). Neural markers of religious conviction. Psychological Science, 20, 385-392.
Jeeves, M. (2013). Minds, brains, souls and gods: A conversation on faith, psychology and neuroscience. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.
Kapogiannis, D., Barbey, A. K., Su, M., Zamboni, G., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2009). Cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 106, 4876-4881.
Kapogiannis, D., Deshpande, G., Krueger, F., Thornburg, M. P., & Grafman, J. H. (2014). Brain networks shaping religious belief. Brain Connectivity, 4, 70-79.
Kounios, J., & Beeman, M. (2014). The cognitive neuroscience of insight. Annual Review of Psychology, 65, 71-93.
Tononi, G., & Koch, C. (2008). The neural correlates of consciousness. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1124, 239-261.