9.00 | Fall 2004 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Psychology


The textbook readings are in Gleitman, Henry, Alan J. Fridlund, and Daniel Reisberg. Psychology. 6th ed. New York, NY: Norton, 2004. ISBN: 0393977676.

1 The Brain: Between the Ears, Behind the Eyes Chapters 1 and 2

Kettlewell, Julianna. “‘Fidelity gene’ found in voles.” BBC News, Science/Nature (June 16, 2004). Online edition.

Diamond, Lisa M. “Emerging Perspectives on Distinctions Between Romantic Love and Sexual Desire.” Current Directions in Psychological Science 13, no. 3 (2004): 116-119.

Lim, Miranda M., Zuoxin Wang, Daniel Olazabal, Xianghui Ren, Ernest Terwilliger, and Larry Young. “Enhanced partner preference in a promiscuous species by manipulating the expression of a single gene.” Nature 429 (2004): 754-757.

Balaban, Evan. “Why voles stick together.” Nature 429 (2004): 711-712.

McIlroy, Anne. “Could voles help create the perfect husband? Using genetic manipulation, U.S. researchers find a way to make philandering creatures more faithful.” The Globe and Mail (June 17, 2004). Online edition.

2 Motivation and Emotion: “Reason Alone Cannot Move Us To Do Anything” Chapter 3 Calder, Andrew J., Andrew D. Lawrence, and Andrew W. Young. “Neuropsychology of fear and loathing.” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2, no. 5 (2001): 352-363.
3 Learning: The Power of Association Chapter 4

Dingfelder, Sadie F. “Pavlovian Psychopharmacology.” Monitor on Psychology 35, no. 3 (2004): 18-19.

McDonald, Robert V., and Shepard Siegel. “Intra-Administration Associations and Withdrawal Symptoms: Morphine-Elicited Morphine Withdrawal.” Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 12, no. 1 (2004): 3-11.

Siegel, Shepard, and Barbara M. C. Ramos. “Applying Laboratory Research: Drug Anticipation and the Treatment of Drug Addiction.” Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 10, no. 3 (2002): 162-183.

4 Sensing: Gathering the Information   Kitaoka, Akiyoshi, and Hiroshi Ashida. “Phenomenal Characteristics of the Peripheral Drift Illusion.” Vision 15, no. 4 (2003): 261-262.
5 Attending: Limiting the Information Chapter 5 Wolfe, Jeremy M., and Todd S. Horowitz. “What attributes guide the deployment of visual attention and how do they do it?” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 5, no. 6 (2004): 495-501.
6 Perceiving: Interpreting the Information Chapter 6

Ernst, Marc O., and Heinrich H. Bulthoff. “Merging the senses into a robust percept.” Trends in Cognitive Science 8, no. 4 (2004): 162-169.

Freeman, William T. “The generic viewpoint assumption in a framework for visual perception.” Nature 368, no. 6471 (1994): 542-545.

Kersten, Daniel, and Alan Yuilley. “Bayesian models of object perception.” Current Opinion in Neurobiology 13, no. 2 (2003): 150-158.

Brainard, David H., and William T. Freeman. “Bayesian color constancy.” Journal of the Optical Society of America A 14, no. 7 (1997): 1393-1411.

7 Memory: What Do You Remember? Chapter 7

Debiec, Jacek, Joseph E. LeDoux, and Karim Nader. “Cellular and Systems Reconsolidation in the Hippocampus.” Neuron 36 (2002): 527-538.

Kandel, Eric R. “The molecular biology of memory storage: a dialog between genes and synapses.” Nobel Lecture, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., December 8, 2000.

Pillemer, David B., and Lynn R. Goldsmith. “Very Long-Term Memories of the First Year in College.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 14, no. 4 (1988): 709-715.

Slotnick, Scott D., and Daniel L. Schacter. “A sensory signature that distinguishes true from false memories.” Nature Neuroscience 7, no. 6 (2004): 664-672.

8 Cognition: How Do You Think? Chapter 8

Wegner, Daniel M., and Thalia Wheatley. “Apparent Mental Causation.” American Psychologist 54, no. 7 (1999): 480-492.

Wegner, Daniel M. “Ironic Processes of Mental Control.” Psychological Review 101, no. 1 (1994): 34-52.

9 Cognitive Development: How Do Children Think? Chapter 12  
10 Language: What Do You Say?  

Hauser, Marc D., Noam Chomsky, and W. Tecumseh Fitch. “The Faculty of Language: What Is It, Who Has It, and How Did It Evolve?” Science 298 (2002): 1569-1579.

Fitch, W. Tecumseh, and Marc D. Hauser. “Computational Constraints on Syntactic Processing in a Nonhuman Primate.” Science 303 (2004): 377-380.

11 Language Development: What Do Children Say? Chapter 9  
12 Intelligence: How Do We Know You Are Smart? Chapter 14

Duncan, John, et al. “A Neural Basis for General Intelligence.” Science 289 (2000): 457-460.

Flynn, J. R. “The Flynn Effect: Rethinking intelligence and what affects it.” 2004. Unpublished manuscript.

13 The Battle of the Sexes: Love and Evolution Chapter 10  
14 Social Exchange: Romantic Economics Chapter 11

Baumeister, R. F., and K. D. Vohs. “Sexual economics: Sex as female resource for social exchange in heterosexual interactions.” Personality and Social Psychology Review. (In press)

Buss, David M. “Human Mating Strategies.” Samfundsokonomen 4 (2002): 47-58.

15 Attitudes and Behaviors: How Can We Be Controlled?    
16 Who Are You? The Psychology of the Self Chapter 15  
17 From Dissociation To Repression    
18 Freud and Fairy Tales Chapter 13 Crick, Francis, and Christof Koch. “A framework for consciousness.” Nature Neuroscience 6, no. 2 (2003): 119-126.
19 Sleep and Dreams   Western, Drew. “The Scientific Legacy of Sigmund Freud: Toward a Psychodynamically Informed Psychological Science.” Psychological Bulletin 124, no. 3 (1998): 333-371.
20 Defining Mental Illness: Are Suicide Bombers Insane? Chapter 16  
21 Causing Mental Illness: What Can Make You “Lose” Your Mind?    
22 Successful Disasters: Eating Disorders Chapter 17

Mednick, Sara, Ken Nakayama, and Robert Stickgold. “Sleep-dependent learning: a nap is as good as a night.” Nature Neuroscience 6, no. 7 (2003): 697-698.

Maquet, Pierre, and Perrine Ruby. “Insight and the sleep committee.” Nature 427 (2004): 304-305.

Wagner, Ullrich, Steffen Gais, Hilde Haider, Rolf Verleger, and Jan Born. “Sleep inspires insight.” Nature 427 (2004): 352-355.

Stickgold, Robert, April Malia, Denise Maguire, David Roddenberry, and Margaret O’Connor. “Replaying the Game: Hypnagogic Images in Normals and Amnesics.” Science 290 (2000): 350-353.

23 Successful Disasters: Date Rape    

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