Applied Topics in Psychology (PSYCH 470) descriptions

PSYCH 470 ( 0.50 ) LEC

Special Topics in Applied Psychology                                                  

Topics cover practical applications of theory and research in one or more of the six areas of psychology. Consult departmental listings for upcoming topics. Topics may include applications of psychology to health, well-being, law, education, policy analysis, management, marketing, regulation, systems design, community organizing, conflict resolution, and/or communications.

PSYCH 470 was first offered in Fall 2016. 

Prereq: PSYCH 211, 257/257R, 291, 292; PSYCH 207 or 261; PSYCH 238/338 or 253/253R; Level at least 3A Psychology majors or Make-Up Psychology. 
Antireq: PSYCH 391

PSYCH 470 has an antirequisite of PSYCH 391 (Advanced Data Analysis) not because they have equivalent content, but because students who have taken PSYCH 391 should be taking an Honours Seminar instead of PSYCH 470. PSYCH 470 is not a data analysis or statistics course.


Topic: Learning and Decision-making in Young Children.

With so much going on in their environments, how do young children learn about the world around them? In this course, we will explore learning and decision-making during infancy and early childhood. We will consider the ways children learn from their own observations and how they glean information from others. We will explore how children’s memory and executive functions contribute to variation within and across age groups. We will also consider how aspects of their environment affect these outcomes.


Topic:  Urban psychology: From the laboratory to the streets 

As cities become more complex and dense, there is increasing recognition that good urban design is vitally important to public health, including our mental health. The new interdisciplinary field of urban psychology is devoted to understanding how to build cities that support good psychological health. In this course, we will work collaboratively with urban design professionals from the City of Kitchener to develop a psychologically grounded plan for a part of the city that is undergoing rapid change. Students will work on projects that will include literature reviews in urban psychology, study and analysis of planning documents, field visits and data collection, and a final presentation to the City of Kitchener which outlines recommendations based on psychological principles. This course should be of interest to anyone with an interest in cities and urbanism and a desire to put into action ideas and methods developed from their core work in psychology.