Theme: Comparative Cognition
This example set of depth courses looks at how cognition varies across different animal species, shedding light on which aspects of human thinking are shared with other animals and which might be distinctive to humans.
Theme: Gender and Prejudice
This theme draws courses from across the university to look at the role of gender in different treatment experienced by males and females at the individual, group, and institutional levels.
Theme: Group Behavior
This example draws each of its depth classes from a different department to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of group behavior. How is the behavior of a 100-person group different from the behavior of 100 individuals?
Theme: Human-Computer Interaction
This example combines courses from computer science with other disciplines to consider novel ways to design user interfaces for emerging technologies.
This theme focuses on situations where people show behavior that they would not, on reflection, endorse. Especially when this is due to “rules of thumb” that are typically beneficial, it suggests systematic influences from heuristics, and thus opportunities for interventions to improve decision-making.
Theme: Law and Politics
This example combines classes both from within and outside of affiliated departments to investigate how recent discoveries about psychology can be applied to public policy, with a special focus on the justice system.
Theme: Mind and Computation
This theme focuses (not exclusively) on courses from linguistics and computer science to look at how advances in natural language processing in computer systems can inform theories of the human mind.
Theme: Moral Psychology
This theme draws courses from across the university to investigate the question of the moral beliefs and behaviors people have, and how these compare to ethical theories about the beliefs and behaviors they should have according to moral philosophy.
Theme: Numerical Cognition
This theme investigates how human numerical ability influences other aspects of human cognition and behavior, and how numerical skills evolved in humans in comparison to other species.
ANTH 280 Evolution of Primate Intelligence