Class descriptions and resources for classes are posted below.

STUDENTS: If you have any questions that aren't answered here, feel free to email me at pkvam@ufl.edu. Make sure to include the title of your class (e.g. "PSY395") in the subject of your email to make sure that your message doesn't get lost in my spam folder or anything.


University of Florida


PSY 4930 - Special Topics in Psychology (Decisions & Judgment)

This course explores how people make decisions and how we study the psychological processes underlying their choices and judgments. The first part of the course will cover traditional theories of choice and how we “should” make decisions and judgments, as well as the mental shortcuts (heuristics) and biases that lead us astray. The second part will examine how we use social and affective information and learn to make better choices over time, considering many factors in order to satisfy our preferences and achieve our desired outcomes. The final part of the course will examine the neural underpinnings of decision processes as well as disordered decisions and judgments arising from brain damage or clinical conditions, such as schizophrenia and substance dependence. Students will read primary source articles (provided) to learn about the various sources of experimental data used to study decision processes and how researchers use models to predict and explain the choices that people make.

Michigan State University


PSY-395: Research Design and Measurement

This class covers topics relating to carrying out psychological research; in particular, it goes over validity, reliability, causal inference (and how this relates to strictly correlational research), and several common psychology research tasks. The syllabus, slides, class projects, and other resources are provided on the class page linked above.

PSY-101: Introductory to Psychology

The goal of this class is to give students a broad introduction to psychology. It offers a survey of fields of several fields of study, including learning, neuroanatomy, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders. The syllabus and my guest lectures are provided on the class page linked above.

PSY-992: Cognitive Modeling

This graduate-level seminar introduces students to mathematical models in the field of psychology, including both descriptive statistical models and process-level cognitive models. It covers models based on signal detection, ACT-R, neural networks, sequential sampling, prospect theory, general recognition, generalized context, and a number of other important models and modeling frameworks. Students complete hands-on modeling projects with assistance from Tim and Peter. Some of my lecture slides and recommended readings can be found on the class page linked above.

Indiana University


PSY-P199: Planning Your Psychology Career:

This class was focused on career development for psychology majors. It covered topics including campus organizations, internships, resume building and writing, opportunities for getting involved in research, departmental programs, psychology-relevant clubs, graduate school and its demands, types of degrees, and careers relevant to psychology majors.

PSY-P304: Social Psychology & Individual Differences:

A requirement for all psychology majors and minors, this class covered the basics of social psychology. Topics included person perception, priming, social memory, social cognition (attirbutions, biases, heuristics), social comparison, attitudes, persuasion, social influences, group processes, stereotypes, attraction and relationships, and pro- and anti-social behavior.


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