|Instructor Info:||Neil Stillings|
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This tutorial introduces psychology by applying it to a significant, unfolding current event: The U.S. Presidential election. We will use psychology and allied disciplines to pose and try to answer a range of questions, including the following. How are citizens' political beliefs formed? What are the psychological factors that affect political decisions and behaviors, such as voting, responding to opinion surveys, and engaging in various forms of activism? How does the current science of mind and brain align with the psychologies that are assumed or required by different philosophies of democratic society? Our approach to these questions will introduce the academic literature and the research methods of social and cognitive psychology and of social and cognitive neuroscience. Basic concepts in hypothesis construction, research design, and data analysis for both experimental and survey/polling methods will be explored through examples and class projects.
Evaluations for this course will reflect the following considerations:
See readings for the first class, Tuesday, September 4 at 9:00 AM, ASH 126!
and for the 2nd class, Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 AM, ASH 126
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