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F809 Spring 2019 Psychology Potpourri

Course number : F809 Spring 2019   
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F809 Spring 2019 Psychology Potpourri
Thursdays, 2:15–3:40, April 25–May 16
Four sessions
Coordinator: Catherine Weir
  • April 25: Concepts as Metaphors. Jim Sanford is an OLLI member and professor emeritus at George Mason University, from which he retired in 2014 after 41 years teaching in the Department of Psychology. His research dealt with memory issues. He earned his PhD from Kansas State University. 
  • May 2: Canine Cognition. Brianna Artz is a PhD student at George Mason University in the animal behavior and cognition lab and serves as the graduate student representative to the psychology department's Undergraduate Committee. Her interests include canine behavior and cognition, specifically human-directed social cognition. She is also interested in the neurophysiological effects of human-animal interactions, especially when dogs are in service roles. Her current focus is exploring verbal language acquisition in dogs, and how factors such as breed and age interact with latency of acquisition. She is also the creator of Dog Science Weekly, which provides readers with access to summaries of peer-reviewed literature on canine cognition and behavior, conveniently through the Instagram platform.
  • May 9: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. Dr. Jane Flinn is an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University whose research focuses on the role of metals in both behavior and physiology. Her research has emphasized the roles of zinc, copper and iron in learning and memory and also in macular degeneration. Her research currently focuses on two specific aspects of metals in behavior, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the extinction of learned fears. Her lab is developing genetically modified mice which model late onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the disease. Current studies are examining memory, affiliative behaviors and circadian rhythms and the role of inflammation and zinc transporters in AD mice. The work on extinction has shown that increased levels of zinc, which may act through reducing copper levels, lead to an inability to normally extinguish a learned fear, a possible factor in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • May 16: Retention in Elementary School: Is This a Helpful Practice? Dr. Adam Winsler, associate chair and professor of the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, is an applied developmental psychologist with interests in children's transition to school, the development of self-regulation, private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory, and bilingualism and early schooling for English-language learners (ELLs). His current research explores childcare, school readiness, and school trajectories among ethnically and linguistically diverse, immigrant, low-income, urban preschoolers; private speech and self-regulation in typical children and those with ADHD or autistic spectrum disorders; music/dance and self-regulation; and self-regulated learning and motivation among college students.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Tallwood Campus

MultipleInstructor :
1.Brianna Artz2.Jane Flinn3.Jim Sanford4.Adam Winsler
5.Catherine Weir 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/25/2019 - 5/16/2019 Weekly - Thu 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map, Room: TA-1 Catherine Weir  ; Adam Winsler  ; Jim Sanford  ; Jane Flinn  ; Brianna Artz 

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