PSYC 741W (01) - Special Topics

Spc Top/Science of Daydreaming

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Psychology
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 54859
New or specialized courses are presented under this listing. Advanced material not normally covered in a regular course in which instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. May be repeated for different topics. Prereq: PSYC 402, PSYC 502, and other prerequisites when offered.
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): PSYC 741, PSYC 741A, PSYC 741B, PSYC 741C, PSYC 741D
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Caitlin Mills

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MW 11:10am - 12:30pm PARS N104
Additional Course Details: 

Science of Daydreaming and Imagination

This seminar course will focus on research and theories addressing a fundamental scientific question: What does our mind do when it is “resting?” Readings and discussions will cover contemporary research, as well as some classic studies, investigating day-dreaming (i.e. mind wandering), imagination, and night-time dreaming. The focus will be on viewing these “resting states” from an interdisciplinary perspective by integrating works from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. A primary focus will be relating these mental states to aspects of our everyday life, including memory, education, creativity, and psychedelic experiences. At the same time, we will also examine factors relating to variability in these processes, such as mental health disorders and neurological traumas. The goals of this course are to promote research experience in psychological science, improve scientific literacy, stronger critical thinking skills, and sharper communication skills. Prereq: Psyc 402; 502; or permission