PSK 591 Seminar (social & clinical Psy)


Who in the world am I? Ah that’s the great puzzle.

- Alice in the Wonderland


PSK 591 Seminar

This course examines the theory, research, and practice of psychology with regard to experimental/cognitive psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology. Specifically, topics covered will include the history of social and clinical psychology with a greater emphasis on (1) person, self, personality, and personality disorders, (2) consciousness and artificial intelligence.

In order to achieve the goal above, this semester we will go through a short TV Series called Russian Doll.

Course Material

Lecture 01
- TV Series and Psychology of Watching

Main Readings
(You Must Read)
1) Adachi, P.J.C., Ryan, R.M., Frye, J., McClurg, D., & Rigby, C.S. (2018). 'I can't wait for the next episode!' Investigating the motivational pull of television dramas through the lens of self-determination theory. Motivation Science, 4(1), 78-94
2) Black, J., & Barnes, J.L. (2015). Fiction and social cognition: The effect of viewing award-winning television dramas on theory of mind. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(4), 423-429.
3) Flayelle, M., Maurage, P., Vögele, C., Karila, L., & Billieux, J. (2018). Time for a plot twist: Beyond confirmatory approaches to binge-watching research. Psychology of Popular Media Culture,

Supplementary Readings (Voluntary Reading)
1) Gordon, S. (2012). Existential time and the meaning of human development. The Humanistic Psychology, 40, 79-86.
2) James, W. (1895). The knowing of things together.The Psychological Review, 2(2), 105-124.
3) Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2012). Self determination theory. In P. A. M. Van Lange, A. W. Kruglanski, and E. T. Higgins (Ed.), Handbook of theories of social psychology vol. 1, London: Sage.

Lecture 02 - Time After Time

Main Readings (You Must Read)
1) Uusberg, A., Naar, R., Tamm, M., Kreegipuu, K., & Gross, J. J. (2018). Bending time: The role affective appraisal in time perception. Emotion, 18(8), 1174 - 1188.
2) Laube, C., & van den Bos, W. (2018, December 20). It’s about time: How integral affect increases Impatience. Emotion. Advance online publication.
3) Hallford, D. J., Fava, N. J., & Mellor, D. (2019). Time perspective, awareness of narrative identity, and the perceived coherence of past experiences among adults. Journal of Individual Differences, 40(1), 45–54.

Supplementary Readings (Voluntary Reading)
1) Cattell, J. McKeen (1900). On relations of time and space in vision. Psychological Review, 3(4), 325-343. [Two pages of the article are missing.]

Please check each week for required readings.