Psychology Electives

SOCIAL COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (5431)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment — None

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — Social Cognitive Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes, information processing and group dynamics. Students will investigate  how our brains let us “see” the world, how our perceptions depend on our current state of attention, and how memories can change over time. As we seek to better understand the human mind, we will discuss language abilities and the power of social influences.  Students will look at mistakes that people make, from simple visual illusions to errors in higher-level decision-making, and will discuss how these “failures” provide unique insights into the mechanisms of human thinking and even mental disorders and their treatment.

SOCIAL COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY HONORS (5441)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment – Students must apply to enroll. To be accepted, students must have a Demonstrated history of academic achievement.

UC/CSU Subject G Approval
Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations

Course Description — Social Cognitive Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes, information processing and group dynamics. Students will investigate  how our brains let us “see” the world, how our perceptions depend on our current state of attention, and how memories can change over time. As we seek to better understand the human mind, we will discuss language abilities and the power of social influences.  Students will look at mistakes that people make, from simple visual illusions to errors in higher-level decision-making, and will discuss how these “failures” provide unique insights into the mechanisms of human thinking and even mental disorders and their treatment.

The honors curriculum for this course will necessitate college-level psychological analysis as well as practical applications or experiences of authentic psychology research in action.

BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (5432)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — Behavioral Neuroscience is the scientific study of the relationship between biology and behavior. Students will investigate how our brain structures and chemistry affect our vulnerability to addiction, our capacity to feel emotions, our susceptibility to sleep disorders, and our resiliency in terms of mental health, among other topics. As students explore the amazing intricacies of the machine that is their body, they’ll ultimately gain an appreciation of our shared humanity.

BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE HONORS (5442)

Grade Level — 11, 12
Length — One Semester (Fall or Spring)

Type of Course — Elective
Prerequisite — Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Modern World History or World History I and II
Criteria for Enrollment – Students must apply to enroll. To be accepted, students must have a demonstrated history of academic achievement.

UC/CSU Subject G Approval
Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations

Course Description — Behavioral Neuroscience is the scientific study of the relationship between biology and behavior. Students will investigate how our brain structures and chemistry affect our vulnerability to addiction, our capacity to feel emotions, our susceptibility to sleep disorders, and our resiliency in terms of mental health, among other topics. As students explore the amazing intricacies of the machine that is their body, they’ll ultimately gain an appreciation of our shared humanity.

The honors curriculum for this course will necessitate college-level psychological analysis as well as practical applications or experiences of authentic psychology research in action.