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Daniel Thompson Willingham

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PSYC 2150: Introduction to Cognition
Credits: 3
Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.
PSYC 3435: Educational Psychology
Credits: 3
Psychologists have studied the processes of learning and thinking for over 100 years, and theoreticians have attempted to apply that knowledge to K-12 education for almost that long. This course will use information from cognitive psychology to examine: major steams of thought in pedagogy; data patterns in student achievement and in teacher effectiveness; subject-specific teaching strategies, and proposed reforms for American education. Prerequisites: PSYC 2150 and 2700 required.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
PSYC 7120: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Credits: 3
This seminar provides an overview of the cognitive perspective in accounting for thought (e.g., varieties of representation) as well as particular cognitive processes (e.g., attention, memory).
PSYC 7501: Contemporary Issues: Cognitive Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 7559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 9560: Teaching Psychology-Review Sessions
Credits: 1
Will introduce you to be being a teaching assistant at UVA. This course is designed for grad students in their first teaching experience who will serve as Review TAs--that is, student contact through office hours and review sessions, but you are not responsible for a course section. You will learn some issues of class organization at UVa (such as the use of Collab) as well as more nuanced skills you'll need in teaching students effectively.Prerequisite: GSAS
PSYC 9561: Teaching Psychology-Sections
Credits: 1
This class is to continue your education in teaching of psychology. Course is designed to acquaint you with issues particular to the teaching of a section of a larger lecture course. Will cover classroom management, grading, and pedagogical techniques. It's very difficult to evaluate ones own teaching, so everyone will videotape their teaching at one occasion, and we will spend time learning to evaluate classroom practice through observation. Prerequisite: PSYC 9559-1 or PSYC 9560
PSYC 9562: Teaching Psychology-Courses
Credits: 1
This course is designed to help students learn how to design a course from scratch. It is presumed that before you take this course, you have led sections for at least two semesters, and have taken Psyc 9561. We will consider course planning from start to finish: factors that influence the topic of a course, purposes and implementation issues for various pedagogical methods, and functions of different methods of assessment. Prerequisite: You have led sections for at least two semesters, and have taken PSYC 9559-1 or Psyc 9561. GSAS.
PSYC 9605: Oral Presentations of Research
Credits: 1
This course prepares graduate students to create and deliver effective oral presentations of their research. We will focus particularly on longer-format presentations. Topics covered include clarity before semi-professional audiences, effective use of graphics and other supporting materials, and different methods of presenting complex data.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.