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Allison DiBianca Fasoli

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Course List: 

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PSYC 0105 - Introduction To Psychology      

Introduction to Psychology
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. (Open to Juniors and Seniors by waiver only) 3 hrs lect./1 hr. disc. SOC

Fall 2018

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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 and neuroscience majors) 3 hrs. lect./1.5 hr. lab CW DED

Spring 2021

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PSYC 0316 - Cultural Child Development      

Cultural Child Development
In this course we will explore ideas and research that have combined cultural and developmental approaches to psychology. We will begin with an understanding of cultural psychology, and from there, several core questions will organize our course: What is childhood like among people's across the world? What are the roles of play, school, and work in children’s lives? How are the sequences and endpoints of development culturally shaped, for example, in areas such as problem-solving, attention, attachment, self, and emotions? This course emphasizes primary empirical and theoretical sources. Through lectures, in-class discussion and reflection, student-led debates and expert panels, and an interview project, we will seek to understand the cultural nature of child development in our own lives and in the lives of others (Not open to students who have taken PSYC 0417) (PSYC 105; open to psychology majors) 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Spring 2018

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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.

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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PSYC 0417 - Cultural Child Development      

Cultural Nature of Child Development
In this course we will examine the cultural contexts and processes of child development. Our course will be organized by several core questions: What does childhood look like across diverse cultures? What do children typically do, what are their responsibilities, and how are they perceived? How are the sequences and endpoints of development culturally shaped, for example, in domains such as self, morality, memory, and reasoning? Our goal throughout will be to understand the dynamic interaction between culture and psychology; that is, how it is that culture “gets into” our minds and bodies, and how psychological processes create culture. (Open to junior and senior psychology majors, others by approval) (not open to students who have taken PSYC 0317) 3 hrs. sem

Fall 2018

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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 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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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)

Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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PSYC 0701 - Senior Thesis Proposal      

Senior Thesis Proposal
Students hoping to be considered as candidates for departmental honors must enroll in PSYC 0701 under the sponsorship of a department faculty member and submit a formal, written research proposal to the department by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday during the final week of fall classes in their senior year. If the proposal is approved, the student will enroll in PSYC 0702 during the winter term and PSYC 0703 during the spring term of their senior year. (Feb graduates should consult with their advisors about the appropriate semester in which to begin a thesis.) (PSYC 0201 and PSYC 0202; Approval required)

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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PSYC 0702 - Senior Thesis Second Semester      

Senior Thesis Second Semester
Students whose honors thesis proposal (PSYC 0701) has been approved will collect, analyze, and interpret their data. This is the second semester of the 3-semester senior thesis. (PSYC 0201, PSYC 0202, and PSYC 0701; Approval required)

Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023

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PSYC 0703 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis*
This is the third and final semester of the senior thesis. Students will finish analyzing, and interpreting their data. This process culminates in a written thesis to be submitted by 4 p.m. on the Monday BEFORE the final week of spring classes, a presentation, and an oral defense. The decision about awarding departmental honors will be made after the student submits the thesis. (PSYC 0201, PSYC 0202, and PSYC 0702; Approval required)

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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PSYC 1020 - Moral Minds      

Moral Minds
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? Are certain moral ideals respected by people universally? What makes something “moral” in the first place? In this course, we will grapple with these issues by exploring moral psychology from developmental, evolutionary, and cultural perspectives in psychology using primary sources. 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 2020

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DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2020, early view). Conversations and moral development. In L. Jensen (Ed.), Handbook of Moral Development. Oxford University Press.

Mascolo, M. & DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2020, early view). The relational origins of morality and its development. In M. Mascolo & T. Bidell (Eds.), Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science.  New York: Routledge.

DiBianca Fasoli, A. & *Lozano, G. (2019, early view). Parent-child conversations and the socialization of autonomous morality in a progressive Protestant church community. Journal of Moral Education. doi: 10.1080/03057240.2019.1667755

DiBianca Fasoli, A., *Saunders, A., & *Andrade, I. (2018a). What is moral sanctity? Sanctity in the moral worldviews of U.S. political liberals. The Social Science Journal, 55(4), 473-486 doi: 10.1016/j.soscij.2018.03.002

DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2018b). From autonomy to divinity: The cultural socialization of moral reasoning in an evangelical Christian community. Child Development, 89(5), 1657-1673. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12811

DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2017). Moral responsibility, personal regulation, and helping others: A cultural approach to moral reasoning in U.S. evangelical Christian cultures. Culture & Psychology, 23(4), 461-486. doi: 1354067X17692117

Hickman, J. & DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2015). The dynamics of ethical co-occurrence in Hmong and American evangelical families: New directions for three ethics research.  In L. Jensen (Ed.), Moral development in a global world: Research from a cultural-developmental perspective (pp. 141-169). Cambridge University Press.

DiBianca Fasoli, A. (2014). To play or not to play: Diverse motives for Latino and Euro-American parent-child play in a children’s museum, Infant and Child Development, 23(6), 605-621. doi: 10.1002/icd.1867

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