Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience.
Excursions at UC Berkeley – students will visit the Action & Consciousness Lab and other labs at SFSU.
Students will learn to tackle these fundamental questions with the tools of psychological science. Students will learn about classic experiments in psychology, with the goal of getting a hands-on, experiential understanding of how people work and how psychologists study them. They will explore social dynamics; emotions; personality; mental illness; the nature of beliefs; neuroscience; and the relationship between the mind, brain, and body. As a capstone project, they will construct their own miniature psychology theory, design/run an experiment to test it, and present findings to the class.
Students will visit the Action & Consciousness Lab and other labs at SFSU. At the Action & Consciousness Lab, they investigate action control from an integrative cognitive neuroscience perspective, focusing on both unconscious brain mechanisms and conscious mechanisms. The research in the laboratory is untraditional in that they work backwards from overt action to the conscious and unconscious central processes responsible for it, rather than work forward from an external perceptual stimulus to central processing. The director of the lab is Ezequiel Morsella, a theoretician and experimentalist in neuroscience who received his Ph.D. at Columbia University and carried out his postdoctoral training (2003 - 2007) at Yale University.
Reza Ghafur, M.A.
Reza Ghafur is a full-time lecturer of Cognitive Psychology and Social Psychology at San Francisco State University and recent graduate of the Social, Affective and Personality M.A. program. Reza has been published in journals such as Current Opinions in Behavioral Science and Psychology of Consciousness. His current research interests include examining the relationship between competition and prejudice and how this relationship is moderated by perceptions of scarcity.