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PSYC 375 Psychology of Thinking

How do we problem solve and make decisions? What drives creativity? How can the science behind these processes be applied to real world contexts like work and school? This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to discover, understand, and apply basic findings from psychological and brain science to better understand how humans think. Students will learn how scientific findings from areas like learning, motivation, and memory can be applied to everyday work and life situations to improve productivity and limit the influence of implicit assumptions and biases. Students will be given the opportunity to tailor their learning around a topic of importance in their own lives and special focus will be paid to how a better understanding of psychological and brain sciences could improve training and professional development opportunities in workplace or educational settings. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the diversity of human thought by grounding the material in their lived experiences.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 14, 2022 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Identify how the scientific method is employed by researchers in areas relevant to the psychology of thinking;
  • Evaluate and critique theories and concepts related to the psychology of thinking;
  • Apply psychological theories and concepts to real and hypothetical issues integral to students¿ daily tasks related to work and education;
  • Apply psychological theories and concepts to real and hypothetical issues integral to effective management of people in work and educational environments;
  • Discuss the diversity of human experience in work and educational settings through the lens of psychological phenomena and theories;
  • Explain relevant scientific findings and psychological theories of implicit assumptions and bias and how these phenomena might affect expectations around productivity and output in work and educational settings.