Allison DiBianca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

 Mondays 1:00-2:30p; Wednesdays 11:00a-12:20p



Course List: 

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PSYC 0106 - Intro to Psych for Jrs and Srs      

Introduction to Psychology for Juniors and Seniors
This course will provide a general introduction to the field of psychology. The most central and important theories, concepts, findings, controversies, and applications in the following areas will be considered: biological bases of behavior, learning, perception, thinking, development, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior. This course fulfills the requirement for psychology coursework for premedical students; it does not satisfy the PSYC 0105 requirement for psychology majors or minors. First year and sophomore pre-medical students should enroll in PSYC 0105. (Open to Juniors and Seniors; First-Year Students and Sophomores by waiver only) 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Spring 2015

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PSYC 0202 - Research Methods in Psychology      

Research Methods in Psychology
This course will provide students with an understanding of the research methodology used by psychologists. Students will learn to read psychological studies and other related research as informed consumers. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data during lab assignments. They will also design an empirical study, review the related literature, and write a formal APA-style research proposal. (PSYC 0105 and PSYC 0201 or MATH 0116 or ECON 0210; not open to first-year students; open to psychology majors; neuroscience majors by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./1.5 hr. lab CW DED

Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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PSYC 0225 - Child Development      

Child Development
In this course, we will examine the nature of developmental change from the prenatal period through middle childhood. Our critical examination of developmental processes will invite us to consider various theoretical perspectives (e.g., learning, cognitive, biological, contextual) across various domains of development (i.e., physical, social-emotional, and cognitive). We will address major themes in developmental psychology, such as the interrelatedness of development across domains, the contributions of nature and nurture, and the relative continuity versus discontinuity of developmental change. Throughout, we will practice applying developmental principles to practical settings, policy issues, and topics of current interest. (PSYC 0105; open to seniors by waiver only) 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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PSYC 0314 - Psychology of Morality      

Psychology of Morality
The psychological study of morality has existed for nearly a century, but recently there has been a renewed and lively interest in this area. Questions that were raised by early psychologists continue to be central, such as the relationship between morality and society, reasoning and emotions, judgment and action, and universality and diversity. In this course we will address these questions through our exploration of such topics as moral judgment and justification, moral emotions, moral development, moral identity, moral psychopathology, and empathy. Course readings will be comprised solely of empirical and theoretical primary sources, drawn largely from psychology. By the end of the semester, students should be able to understand methodological and theoretical issues in the scientific study of morality, develop a reflective perspective on social and personal attitudes using the lens of moral psychology, and be able to discuss these ideas with a general audience. (Two psychology courses; not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Spring 2015

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PSYC 0350 - Directed Research      

Directed Research in Psychology
Directed research provides opportunities for advanced students to become familiar with and participate in ongoing research projects under the direction of a faculty member. The student will first read background literature on the content area to be investigated and experimental methodologies to be used. Procedures involved in conducting psychological research will then be learned through firsthand experience. Potential activities include the design of research and the defining of conceptual variables and the gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data. Finally, students will learn how to write technical articles in psychology by preparing a paper describing the project, using APA style. (Approval required; not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect.

Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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PSYC 0500 - Advanced Research      

Advanced Research
A program of research arranged to meet the needs of advanced students majoring in psychology. (Approval required)

Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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PSYC 0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A program of research arranged to meet the needs of advanced senior majors in psychology. (PSYC 0201 and PSYC 0202; Approval required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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PSYC 1020 - Moral Minds      

Moral Minds: The Psychology of Morality
We have all “taken one for the team,” stood loyally by friends, overcome desires to cheat, and helped others before ourselves. We have also all stretched the truth to make ourselves look better, treated others intolerantly, and given preferential treatment to a friend. What motivates us to act in these moral and immoral ways? Are these actions guided by emotion or by reason? Is there one moral mind or many moral minds? What makes these actions “moral” in the first place? In this course, we will grapple with these issues by exploring moral psychology from developmental, evolutionary, and cultural perspectives. We will consider the biological bases of moral psychology, how we come to have a sense of right and wrong, and the role of culture in constituting our moral minds. We will apply theories and concepts in moral psychology to Supreme Court cases, while also becoming attuned to the subtle, often unnoticed patterning of moral psychology in our everyday lives. We will use a variety of formats to address these issues, including theoretical and empirical readings, student-led discussions, essays, small group projects, and oral presentations. This course counts as elective credit towards the Psychology major. SOC WTR

Winter 2013, Winter 2015

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Department of Psychology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753