Course Schedule


Advanced topics in Biological Psychology (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Dirk Lehr

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 1.312 Seminarraum

Advanced topics in General Psychology I (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Monika Tschense

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 5.310 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This seminar will focus on the PSYCHOLOGY OF READING. Reading is a complex process that combines sensomotorics, cognition and language in order to extract information from written text. After reviewing some basic principles of reading, we will explore methods and designs in reading research, and discuss models and theories of reading based on relevant publications. --- Pollatsek, A., & Treiman, R. (Eds.). (2015). The Oxford handbook of reading. Oxford University Press. Rayner, K., Pollatsek, A., Ashby, J., & Clifton Jr., C. (2011). Psychology of Reading. 2nd ed. Psychology Press.

Advanced topics in General Psychology II (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timur Sevincer

14-täglich | Dienstag | 14:15 - 17:45 | 24.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 40.108 Seminarraum

Inhalt: In this seminar, we will explore human behavior from both an evolutionary and a cultural-evolutionary perspective. We will delve into the evolutionary mechanisms (natural selection, kin selection, sexual selection) that have shaped human cognitive, emotional, and motivational tendencies over millions of years. Examples include our preference for greasy and sugary food, our inclination to experience emotions such as jealousy, disgust, and fear in specific circumstances, as well as our mate preferences. We will also investigate why such tendencies often are challenging to change. Furthermore, we will address questions like: Why do people help each other? Why do they hurt each other? Why do people fall in love? Why do they fall out of love? With whom do they fall in love? And what motivates them to care not only for their immediate and distal relatives but also for complete strangers and future generations? Finally, we will learn about the mechanisms of cultural evolution, and how cultural evolution may foster behavioral tendencies that promote a more sustainable future (e.g., taking on responsibility, caring for others and the environment).By the end of this seminar, participants will have gained insights into the intricate interplay between evolution, culture, and human behavior.