PSYX 491-001 - Sleep

This course is designed as an introduction to the science of sleep, sleep research, and disorders associatedwith sleep. Sleep is an interdisciplinary problem. Concepts range from biology and neuroscience (sleepphylogeny, circadian rhythms, sleep/wake regulation, sleep physiology), psychology (dreaming, primaryinsomnia, sleep disorders, comorbid mental illness, maturational changes related to sleep and sleepdisorders,) culture and history. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate anunderstanding of research, sleep stages, patterns and other salient features associated with sleep and sleepdisorders.

PSYX 491-002 - Cultural Psychology

This course will focus on the way that culture affects and influences humanthought, emotion, and behavior.  Particular attention will be paid to understandinghow these constructs are manifest among indigenous populations. 

PSYX 491-801 - Comparative Psychology (online)

PSYX 494, Seminar in Comparative Psychology is an upper-division, online course, taught using
an Active Learning format.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Comparative Psychology is thestudy of the behavior of humans and other animals, with a special eye on similarities anddifferences that may shed light on evolutionary and developmental processes (APA, Div. 6). I,and many others, have adopted a more contemporary approach, which we will use in this course:the scientific study of species’ behavioral and mental processes that aims to provide insight intothe processes’ adaptive significance and the shared evolutionary histories of both the processesand species. Note that the contemporary definition dropped the anthropocentric focus;comparative research is conducted to learn about the relationships between many species, and isnot guided by a priority to understand human evolution over another species.   
In PSYX 494 we will explore comparative psychology’s ontogeny (path to it’s foundation),phylogeny (where comparative psychology fits within the larger study of psychology), andevolution (how it has changed over time). This course will survey classic and modern studies ofboth empirical and theoretical nature. This exploration will occur through the reading, criticalanalysis, and discussion of history, theory, research, reviews, job-postings and stories from thefield of comparative psychology. Lessons will be based on readings, both peer-review primaryliterature and popular literature, and the format of lessons will vary between PowerPoint, videos,
writing assignments, and discussions.