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Kerth O'Brien, PhD, Associate Professor, Social Psychology

 


    Department of Psychology
    317 Cramer Hall
    Portland State University
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon 97207-0751 (USA)
    Telephone (503) 725-3973
    E-mail is usually the best way to reach me:
    obrienk@pdx.edu

In Fall, 2014, Prof. O'Brien will teach two courses:

Psy 342 / Soc 342 - Social Psychology: Self, Attitudes, Social Influence 

CRN 13264 (Psy 342) or CRN 13365 (Soc 343)
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:50am with our final exam on Tuesday, 12/9/14 at 10:15 a.m.

Course Description: Examination of psychological and sociological processes associated with people’s thoughts about and interactions with one another. Particular emphases on self, social identity, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and persuasion. Expected preparation: Soc 200, or Psy 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both Soc 342 and Psy 342.

Readings for this course include D2L materials and one text, the current version of Social Psychology by David Myers. The current version of this book is the 11th edition, which you’ll find at the Portland State University Bookstore. You only need to have one book. Some formats of the book include an online “access code” which I do not use in our course.

Students sometimes ask whether it matters to buy the current edition. I don’t say “Go ahead and use the prior edition” because I cannot say it makes no difference to students. Myers does revise his texts. For your convenience, I've put both the 11th and 10th editions on reserve at the Circulation Desk in the Portland State University Library. I recommend that you compare the library versions before you decide.

Regular use of the online, intranet tool Desire2Learn (D2L) is a course requirement. You'll be checking D2L at least once before each class meeting (except before the first class meeting). You'll find it helpful to make sure you have D2L access (link here) before classes start.

If you want to read before the quarter starts, you might start with chapters 1-3. The syllabus will be available on D2L after our first class meeting. The first reading assignment will be to read the syllabus cover-to-cover between the first and second class meetings.

I look forward to meeting you in class on Tuesday, September 30.


Psy 471 / 571 – Health Psychology

CRN 13285 (Psy 471) or CRN 13297  (Psy 571)
Tues & Thu., 2:00-3:50pm, with the final exam on Monday, 12/8/14 at 10:15am.

Course description:  Study of social and psychological influences on how people stay well, why some people become ill, and how persons respond to illness. Particular attention to the stress process. Recommended prerequisites: Stat 243 and Stat 244, plus 12 credits in psychology including Psy 321; Soc 200 may be substituted for 4 of these credits and PHE 223 may be substituted for 4 of these credits. 

Readings for this course include materials on D2L plus two texts:

(1) the current version of Health Psychology by Shelley Taylor. The current version is the 9th edition, and you’ll find it at the Portland State University Bookstore. You may use either ISBN 9781308226064 or ISBN 0-07-786181-7, both of which are Taylor’s 9th edition.

(2)  the little paperback 10 simple solutions to stress by Claire Wheeler with ISBN 9781572244764 . 

Students sometimes ask whether it matters to buy the current edition of a text. I don’t say “Go ahead and use the prior edition” because I cannot say it will make no difference to you. Taylor does revise her text. For your convenience, I've put both the current and prior editions on reserve in the Portland State University Library and I recommend that you compare the library versions before you decide.

Regular use of the online, intranet tool Desire2Learn (D2L) is a course requirement. You'll be checking D2L at least once before each class meeting (except before the first class meeting), and so, you’ll find it helpful to make sure you have reliable D2L access (link here) before classes start. 

If you want to read before the quarter starts, you might start with chapters 1, 3, 4 in Taylor. The syllabus will be available on D2L after our first class meeting. The first reading assignment will be to read the syllabus cover-to-cover between the first and second class meetings. I look forward to meeting you in class on Tuesday, September 30.



    • Classes taught, various years:

      Psychology 514/614: Advanced Applied Social Psychology

      Psychology 518/618: Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Research and Practice

      Psychology 554/654: Social Psychology and Mental Health

      Psychology 589/689: Adult Socialization--Adult Roles and Identities

      Psychology 497/597: Survey Research Methods

      Psychology 471/571: Health Psychology

      Psychology 410: Introduction to Focus Groups for Psychological Research

      Psychology 310: Psychology of Women

      Psychology 342/Sociology 342: Social Psychology - Self, Attitudes, Social Influence

      Psychology 343/Sociology 343: Social Psychology - Social Relationships and Groups


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