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Introduction to Psychological Science

Psychology 100
FALL 2017
Dr. Beth Crawford: lcrawfor@richmond.edu, 287-6623, Richmond M02B, sign up for office hours at:
Dr. Karen Kochel: kkochel@richmond.edu, 289-8131, Richmond M02A, sign up for office hours at:
Students with Disabilities:
Please provide us with a copy of your 2017-2018 Disability Accommodation Notice (DAN) during the first
two weeks of the semester so that we can plan how to provide your accommodations.
Laboratory Sections:
There are six lab sections. Labs begin the second week of classes and take place once per week for 11 weeks.
You must attend the lab section in which you are enrolled. Refer to the syllabus in your lab manual for lab

Mondays, 9:00 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, 9:00 10:15 a.m.

Mondays, 7:00 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:00 8:15 p.m.
Tuesdays, 7:00 8:15 p.m. Thursdays, 7:00 8:15 p.m.

Course Resources:
Course Blackboard Site: http://blackboard.richmond.edu
If you have a question, first check the FAQ section on Blackboard.
If your question is not addressed by the FAQs
If your question is about lab, see your lab Teaching Fellow.
If your question is about the research participation requirement or SONA, see Dr. Crawford.
If your question is about lecture or something from class, see the instructor for that topic.
Required Texts:
Myers, D.F. (2014). Psychology: Tenth Edition in Modules. Holland, MI: Worth Publishers.
University of Richmond Department of Psychology. (2017). Introduction to Psychological Science: Laboratory
Manual (25th ed.). University of Richmond. Can be purchased at the UR Bookstore.
Course Overview and Objectives:
The primary objective of this course is to teach students how psychological scientists examine questions about
the nature of human behavior. The course is taught collaboratively by two professors with different
specializations in psychology in order to provide breadth of theoretical and empirical perspectives. In addition,
the weekly laboratory session provides students with first-hand experience in the various subdisciplines of
This course satisfies the University of Richmond fields-of-study requirement in social analysis. Social analysis
involves a self-conscious examination of what are generally taken-for-granted assumptions regarding the nature
of social life. It draws upon a variety of approaches, both theoretical and empirical, in order to discern patterns
of meaning in human behavior.
Specific course objectives are as follows:
1. To teach the student to think critically about research issues from a variety of theoretical and empirical
perspectives that typify social analysis within the field of psychology.
2. To teach the student analytical skills necessary to formulate scientific questions pertaining to the process of
systematically studying individual and social human behaviors.
3. To teach the student the critical thinking skills necessary to answer scientific questions using a variety of
social analytic methodologies used by psychologists.
4. To provide the student with opportunities for interactive learning with senior peers as well as professors in
the classroom and in the laboratory.
5. To familiarize the student with the most contemporary scientific research techniques employed by
psychologists when they address questions from a social analytic perspective.
6. To instill an appreciation of psychology as a discipline within the liberal arts that incorporates both a social
analytic and a natural science way-of-knowing.
Course Requirements and Grading:
Your grade in this course will be calculated according to the following weights:
Test 1 15%
Test 2 15%
Test 3 15%
Final Exam 15%
Lecture Attendance 5%
Laboratory 35%
Research participation - see below
Final letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale: 97-100 = A+, 93-96 = A, 90-92 = A-, 87-
89 = B+, 83-86 = B, 80-82 = B-, 77-79 = C+, 73-76 = C, 70-72 = C-, 67-69 = D+, 63-66 = D, 60-62 = D-, 59
and below = F.
Reading Assignments:
Each topic we will cover has a set of assigned readings from the textbook. As you will see on the class
schedule, the specific due dates for each reading assignment are listed along with the topic that will be covered
in class on that day. Be aware that professors may add other assigned readings to be discussed in class.
Tests and Final Exams:
There will be three major tests, along with a cumulative final exam. Each of the three tests will consist of short
answer questions covering the topics since the last test. The final exam will be given on the scheduled final
exam day for your class time.
Lecture Attendance:
Attendance and attentiveness in class are critical predictors of student success. Thus, 5% of the final grade will
be based on attendance in lectures. Please inform the instructor in advance of any religious holidays that might
require you to miss class and also inform the instructor as soon as possible if illness has prevented you from
attending class.
Laboratory: See laboratory syllabus.
Research Participation Requirement:
One way to learn about the science of psychology is to serve as a participant in research studies. During the
semester, students who are at least 18 years old will be expected to participate in 14 units of psychological
experiments (see exceptions, below). You have until the end of finals to participate in experiments. Be sure to
log onto SONA periodically to check for new experiments.
You will sign up at http://richmond.sona-systems.com/. First, set up your account by clicking Request
Account. For your USER ID, enter the first part of your UR email address (before the @). It is very important
that you show up for any experiment for which you signed up. You will be considered a no-show if you fail to
show up for an experiment or arrive too late to complete the experiment.
You will receive one credit for a short experiment (up to 30 minutes) and additional credits for longer ones. If
you complete your first 10 units without being a no-show, you will receive a bonus of 4 units, bringing you
to the required total of 14. At the end of the semester, students who fail to earn 14 units of research
participation will have their final grade in Introduction to Psychological Science reduced by one-half percent for
each unit of research participation below the requirement of 14.
Exceptions and Alternatives: Students under age 18 are not eligible to participate in experiments. Please
see Dr. Crawford during the first two weeks of class to discuss an alternate assignment. In addition, any student
may choose to write a term paper on any substantive area of psychology instead of participating in research
studies. This is an all-or-nothing choicethat is, you may not participate in some research units and write a
shorter paper. Your term paper must be a minimum of 10 typed double-spaced pages in length (excluding the
title page, abstract, and references). The topic of the paper must be pre-approved by Dr. Crawford by
September 22nd. The paper will be due at the final exam and will receive a pass/fail grade.
Course Policies:
As stated in the University catalog, "Each student is expected to attend all meetings of all classes and laboratory
periods in the courses in which he or she is enrolled." Class attendance is particularly important for this course
because of the emphasis on in-class discussion. Missing class will also cause you to miss material and
information that is not covered in the textbook. Finally, announcements relating to class and/or lab will be made
periodically, and you will be expected to know this information whether you attend class or not.
As noted above, attendance will be factored into your final grade. During the first two weeks of class, please
inform the instructor of any religious holidays that might require you to miss class so that alternative
arrangements for completing missed work can be made at the earliest opportunity.
When attending faculty office hours after a missed class, please come prepared by reviewing the readings,
notes, and slides and by preparing specific questions about the material.
Test and Exam Policy:
All students must adhere to the scheduled dates for the tests and the final exam. Only under extraordinary
circumstances will a make-up exam be given. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made with the
instructor prior to the scheduled exam.
Honor Code:
All work submitted in this course will require a pledge of adherence to the Honor Codes of Richmond and
Westhampton Colleges. To indicate your pledge, simply write the word "Pledge" followed by your signature on
exams. On lab reports, your student ID number on the title page constitutes your signature on the Honor Pledge.
Unless otherwise instructed, all assignments in this class should be completed as independent work. In addition,
students are not permitted to access and use material from prior semesters of this course (e.g., copies of tests,
lab reports) unless specifically permitted by the instructor.
Majoring in Psychology and Advancing to PSYC200:
You must earn a grade of C- or better in PSYC100 to get credit toward the Major and advance to PSYC200.
Work Load:
To be successful in this course, you should expect to devote an average of 10-14 hours each week to preparing
for class, participating in class sessions and labs, studying course related materials, and completing course
Course Schedule Note: Labs DO NOT meet the first week of classes.

Modules to Read
Date Instructor Topic
T 8/29 Drs. Crawford & Kochel Introduction to the Course, 1
Department, and Discipline
TR 8/31 Dr. Kochel Research Methods in Psychology 2, 3
T 9/5 Dr. Crawford Neuroscience 4 (pp. 44-57), 5
(pp. 60-62), 6
TR 9/7 Dr. Crawford Sensation & Perception 17, 18, 19 (pp.
256 262)
T 9/12 Dr. Crawford Learning 20, 21, 22
TR 9/14 Dr. Crawford Memory 1 23, 24, 25, 26
T 9/19 Dr. Crawford Emotion 35, 36, 37
TR 9/21 Dr. Crawford Wrap-up and review
T 9/26 Dr. Crawford TEST 1
TR 9/28 Dr. Kochel Nature & Nurture 11, 12
T 10/3 Dr. Kochel Stress 38, 39
TR 10/5 Dr. Kochel Psychological Disorders 47, 48
T 10/10 Dr. Kochel Psychological Disorders 49, 50, 51
TR 10/12 Dr. Kochel Treatment of Psychological Disorders 52, 53
TR 10/19 Dr. Kochel Treatment of Psychological Disorders 54
T 10/24 Dr. Kochel Wrap-up and Review
TR 10/26 TEST 2
T 10/31 Dr. Kochel Child Development 13, 14
TR 11/2 Dr. Kochel Adolescent Development 15
T 11/7 Dr. Kochel Adult Development 16
TR 11/9 Dr. Crawford Personality 42 (40 & 41 are
T 11/14 Dr. Crawford Intelligence 29, 30
TR 11/16 Dr. Crawford Thought and Language 27, 28
T 11/21 Dr. Crawford Social Psychology 43, 44, 45
T 11/28 Drs. Crawford & Kochel Wrap-up and Review
TR 11/30 TEST 3
T 12/5 All of us! Exam Preparation
TR 12/7 Drs. Crawford & Kochel Q&A with Faculty re: Final Exam
2 5 pm

Additional Resources:
If you experience difficulties in this course, do not hesitate to consult with your professors. There are also many
other resources that can support you in your efforts to meet course requirements.
Academic Skills Center (http://asc.richmond.edu, 289-8626 or 289-8956): Assists students in assessing their
academic strengths and weaknesses; honing their academic skills through teaching effective test preparation,
critical reading and thinking, information processing, concentration, and related techniques; working on specific
subject areas (e.g., calculus, chemistry, accounting, etc.); and encouraging campus and community involvement.
Career Services (http://careerservices.richmond.edu/ or 289-8547): Can assist you in exploring your interests
and abilities, choosing a major, connecting with internships and learning experiences, investigating graduate and
professional school options, and landing your first job. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a
career advisor during your first year.
Counseling and Psychological Services (http://caps.richmond.edu or 289-8119): Assists students in meeting
academic, personal, or emotional challenges. Services include assessment, short-term counseling and
psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychiatric consultation, and related services.
Speech Center (http://speech.richmond.edu or 289-6409): Assists with preparation and practice in the pursuit of
excellence in public expression. Recording, playback, coaching and critique sessions offered by teams of
student consultants trained to assist in developing ideas, arranging key points for more effective organization,
improving style and delivery, and handling multimedia aids for individual and group presentations.
Writing Center (http://writing.richmond.edu or 289-8263): Assists writers at all levels of experience, across all
majors. Students can schedule appointments with trained writing consultants who offer friendly critiques of
written work.
Boatwright Library Research Librarians (http://library.richmond.edu/help/ask/ or 289-8876): Assist students
with identifying and locating resources for class assignments, research papers and other course projects.
Librarians also assist students with questions about evaluating and citing sources. Students can email, text or
IM a librarian, or schedule a personal research appointment to meet with a librarian in the first floor Research
and Collaborative Study area.