This seminar aims to introduce students to current physiological methods and finding within social psychological research. Course readings will examine how psychophysiological techniques can be used to examine stress, intergroup interaction, emotion, health, and person-perception. Course topics include social psychophysiology and embodiment, biopsychosocial models of challenge and threat, neuroendocrine models of social evaluative threat, cortisol and prejudice, oxytocin, facial electromyography and emotion, event-related potential, and psychoneuroimmunology.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Reading will consist of review chapters and primary source articles. Sample readings:
Blascovich, J., Seery, M. D., Mugridge, C. A., Norris, R. K., & Weisbuch, M. (2004). Predicting athletic performance from cardiovascular indexes of challenge and threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40(5), 683-688. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2003.10.007
Polk, D. E., Cohen, S., Doyle, W. J., Skoner, D. P., & Kirschbaum, C. (2005). State and trait affect as predictors of salivary cortisol in healthy adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30, 261-272.
Dickerson, S. S., Mycek, P. J., & Zaldivar, F. (2008). Negative social evaluation, but not mere social presence, elicits cortisol responses to a laboratory stressor task. Health Psychology, 27(1), 116-121. doi: 10.1037/0278-6188.8.131.52
Epel, E. S. (2009). Telomeres in a life-span perspective: A new "psychobiomarker"? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(1), 6-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01596.x
Cohen, D., Nisbett, R. E., Bowdle, B. F., & Schwarz, N. (1996). Insult, aggression, and the southern culture of honor: An "experimental ethnography." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(5), 945-960. doi: 10.1037/0022-35184.108.40.2065
|Examination and Assignments: |
Six reading response papers (3-5 pp each), giving presentation and leading class discussion, final (10-15 pp) research proposal paper, and final presentation of this proposal.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Please write to the professor (jwellman@) to express you interest and describe your academic background (e.g., relevant past course work).
|Instructor(s): Wellman,Joseph David Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
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