PSYC190-4: Fresh Sem: Psychology

Topic: The Nature of Evidence

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
Tu
3:00pm - 5:30pm
New Psyc Bldg 494 (36 Eagle Ro
Waldman, Irwin D.
FSEM32302
Appropriate for First Year students.

Content: In this class we will focus on how scientists come to know what we know, with a particular emphasis on the nature of evidence used to answer scientific questions and how this is similar to the kinds of evidence used in some other fileds and how it differs from what constitutes evidence in many other disciplines.  We will have a series of guest speakers throughout the course, comprising Emory scientists from a variety of disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and economics, drawn both from Emory College and the Medical School, as well as from the Centers for Disease Control.  Each speaker will provide an example of an important question in their field of study and how they tried to answer it, placing their own work in the broader context of other research conducted in their domain. Students will be responsible for attending all of these guest lectures, preparing a set of questions for each speaker, and participating in class discussions that follow each of these talks. Students also will be responsible for reading and discussing articles and/or chapters specific to each speaker's research topic, as well as about the nature of evidence in science in general. There also will be several written assignments throughout the course.  In addition to the specific topics covered by each speaker, we will have more general discussions regarding the nature of evidence in science, science versus pseudoscience, and methods for judging the impact and contributions of individual scientists.

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