As a professor I challenge my students to bring thoughtful discussion to lecture, participate in research-based activities, and apply their academic knowledge to real world experiences. At Lafayette I am fortunate enough to teach my favorite subjects related to experimental social psychology; below is a list of courses I teach regularly.
- Psy 203(L): Design & Analysis I: This course is designed to train students to become informed consumers and producers of psychological research. We examine the discipline’s methods of research design and statistical analysis to understand the causal analysis of human behavior, cognition, and emotion. We engage in every step of the research process, from selecting and refining research questions, using the appropriate empirical methodologies to address those questions, to communicating findings in ordinary language in written, oral, and visual forms. We emphasize the practice of ethical applications in research. The goals of the class are to (1) effectively consume and communicate research methods and statistical findings, and (2) work collaboratively in a scientific context.
- Psy 235: Social Psychology I: This survey course is designed to introduce students to the science of social psychology and the study of how people think, feel, and act in social contexts. We examine a broad overview of classic and contemporary topics in social psychology, including attitudes, conformity, prejudice, group dynamics, aggression and cooperation. We learn about the theoretical principles governing human social behaviors through the study of experimental methods that underlie social psychological research. The goals of the class are to (1) build the skills necessary to critically analyze everyday situations and (2) become a savvier consumer of psychological research.
- Psy 327(L): Social Psychology II: This course is designed to train students to become informed consumers and producers of social psychological research (the study of how we affect and are affected by others). In the seminar component of the course, we will read and critique primary sources on topics such as research design, ethics, social cognition, and intergroup relations with a specific focus on prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. Students should be able to identify social psychological concepts that are applicable in the situations we encounter in our everyday social lives. The primary goal of this course is for you to develop the ability to think critically about the theories and methodologies that characterize these areas of social psychology.
- Spring 2018’s class was supported by Lafayette College’s Information Literacy grant to integrate the “reproducibility crisis” in the course curriculum and address ethical applications in research such as the practices of open science principles.
- Psy 490: Psychology of Prejudice (senior capstone): This course incorporates inter-subdisciplinary readings and assignments to examine the causes and consequences of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in their many forms. We read and discuss empirical research to understand the ways in which prejudice can be automatic, maintained, and reduced. We identify and discuss the strengths, limitations, and ethics of the literature. Students contribute to the capstone experience by drawing from their own training within psychology to add to the course dynamics.