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Curtis, Ryan Dean Senior Instructor

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Research

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  • My primary emphasis is teaching. I have published and spoken on improving engagement and teaching techniques in undergraduate education. I have also researched the psychology of interpersonal relationships. I have also done research related to post traumatic stress disorder.

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  • interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning, social psychology

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Teaching

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  • PSYC 1001 - General Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Provides a foundation for engaging with scientific research on human behavior, and surveys the basic principles and theories of psychology. Topics include biological and hereditary influences on behavior; human perception, attention, learning, and memory; social influences; personality; psychiatric disorders and treatments.
  • PSYC 2111 - Psychological Science I: Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics and their roles in psychological research. Topics include correlation, regression, T-test, analysis of variance and selected nonparametric statistics.
  • PSYC 2606 - Social Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Covers general psychological principles underlying social behavior. Analyzes major social psychological theories, methods, and topics, including attitudes, conformity, aggression, attraction, social perception, helping behavior, and group relations.
  • PSYC 3111 - Psychological Science 2: Research Methods in Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
    Provides a foundation in research methodology to give students the ability to design, conduct, analyze, and present (both verbally and in writing) an empirical study in psychology. Allows students to be effective producers and consumers of research.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.

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