Studying abroad helps students develop an appreciation of human diversity and an understanding of different world views. This is invaluable for students' personal and professional development. London is one of the most exciting and multicultural cities in the world. Thus, it is a perfect setting to study the cultural determinants of behavior. On average, 100 different languages are spoken in each borough of London, with 22% of the population speaking another language besides English as their first language.
The London Psychology Program allows students to immerse themselves in this cultural experience while advancing their academic studies. Each summer, students in the Program take two upper division psychology courses that are not offered on the Tallahassee campus. Courses are small in size (25-35 students) and count as 4000-level electives that can fulfill either psychology major or minor requirements. In addition to class meetings, the program involves a variety of excursions, some of which have direct relevance to the courses (e.g., Darwin's home, Freud Museum, Science Museum) and some of which are of general social, cultural, and historical interest (e.g., Houses of Parliament, Windsor Castle, Shakespeare performance at the Globe Theatre).
The London Psychology Program is designed for psychology majors, although it is open to all students who have completed General Psychology (PSY 2012) with a C- or better, and who have a strong interest in psychology. The dates for the 2016 Program are June 7 to August 3, 2016 (8-weeks, 57 nights).
To help make this Program more accessible to students with limited financial resources, FSU's Department of Psychology, in collaboration with FSU's International Programs, established a new scholarship fund in 2014. Awards go to students who meet criteria for both academic achievement and financial need. Awards are up to $2000 for use toward the FSU London Psychology Summer Program.
Students take two 4000-level courses that are not offered in Tallahassee. Both courses count as psychology electives for the psychology major or minor. Both are numbered PSY 4930r (Special Topics in Psychology, 3 credit hours each). Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or better) of General Psychology (PSY 2012).
For summer 2016, two of Psychology's most distinguished Professors (Dr. Orenda Johnson and Dr. Rick Wagner) and one outstanding graduate student (Tyler Towne) will be teaching in the London Psychology Program. All three instructors have been described by their students as "totally awesome!" See course descriptions below:
In the haste of our busy lives, rarely do we stop to consider the intricate, bidirectional relationship between the state of our nervous system and our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. In this course we will take advantage of the many sites of London to discover the neural mechanisms that underlie our life experience. How are language and music processed in the brain? What are the neural underpinnings of religiosity and spirituality? What genetic, developmental, and physiological characteristics are involved in the many faces of war and suffering? How is the brain affected by stimulants such as caffeine, and depressants such as alcohol? These are just some of the questions you will address as you explore London and your brain.
Prior coursework in neuroscience is not required; beginning topics will be related to basic principles in behavioral neuroscience. Readings will be from book chapters and articles made available online. Dr. Johnson received her MS in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State. She is a member of the teaching faculty in the Psychology department, and primarily teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience and research methods. A recent recipient of a University Undergraduate Teaching Award, she is an excellent instructor whose teaching ratings place her among the very best teachers in the department.
2.Selected Topics in Psychological Science Instructors: Tyler Towne, M.S., and Richard Wagner, Ph.D
This course will introduce students to cutting edge topics in psychological science. One example is the study of expert performance and how expertise is viewed from different cultural perspectives. The course includes an introduction to the historical study of eminence and the methodologies that have been used since that time to study high levels of skill. The course will also emphasize the emergence of culturally dominant skills (e.g. Brazilian dominance in soccer, Kenyan runners, Russian/Eastern European chess players, etc.) and the various explanations for such differences that are based on scientific accounts of expert performance. A second example of a cutting edge topic is a comparison of artificial and human intelligence. The Turing test has been proposed as the gold standard for computers attempting to perform human tasks such as writing a poem. We will examine the results of the most recent Turing test competition and visit Bletchley Park, where Turing created a prototype of the modern computer to break the code used by Germany and Japan to encrypt secret communications during World War II. A third example is the cross-cultural study of psychological disorders and impairments. Psychological disorders and impairments occur throughout the world and have occurred throughout recorded history. When viewed contemporaneously across different countries and different times, striking similarities and pronounced differences are apparent in how disorders and impairments are manifested, treated, and viewed by society. What roles are played by genes, environments, and cultures in these observed similarities and differences?
Readings will be a compilation of articles and book chapters (from edited volumes) that will be made available online.
Tyler Towne is a graduate student in the Cognitive Area. He has taught General Psychology, Research Methods, Careers in Psychology, and the New Student Seminar at FSU. He acted as the department's senior graduate teaching assistant for two years from 2011-2013, received the 2012 Grosslight Teaching Fellowship, and has been nominated multiple times for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. His research interests concern the study of expertise and high levels of skill, with a particular focus on the roles of general abilities on skill acquisition and learning.
In addition to being an outstanding instructor, Dr. Wagner is an Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and he holds the Eugenia and W. Russell Morcom Endowed Chair. Dr. Wagner is a world leader in research on the development of reading and dyslexia. Dr. Wagner was awarded the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professorship in 2009. This is the highest honor that faculty can bestow on a colleague.
FEES, DEADLINES, FINANCIAL AID & MORE:
London Psychology Program (LN97) June 7 to August 3, 2016 (8 weeks, 57 nights)
Fees:$9,560 (see below for what is and is not included)
FEES INCLUDE: All registration fees All instructional costs for up to 6 undergraduate credits Housing Welcome orientation Continental breakfast on class days at the Study Centre* Weekly pizza dinner at the Study Centre* Program scheduled excursions Program scheduled group activities Most course-specific field trips London transport pass Scheduled group pickup at airport Full-time academic support Full-time administrative support Health Insurance International Student ID Card IP T-shirt and travel water bottle *Participation in these meals is optional.
NOT INLCUDED: Round-trip international airfare Passport Food (except as noted) Books and supplies Personal travel/activity/spending money University-assessed fees (e.g. per credit hour technology fee) See www.international.fsu.edu for tech fee info.
Deadlines & Amount Due:
Early application deadline*
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Confirmation deposit due
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Full payment due
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
remainder of $9,560
*If you apply by December 2, 2015 you will save $100 on fees.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Psychology Information Session: Friday, October 30, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Psychology Building, Room A211. Financial Aid Specialist will be there, as will both instructors. Financial Aid Specialist will be there. This is Parents' Weekend, so bring your parents! Tea & cookies served.
FSU International Programs Fair: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Union Green. Get info on all FSU Study Abroad Programs. Financial Aid Specialist will be there. Stop by the Psychology table!
TO APPLY: Apply online at
the International Program's Website www.international.fsu.edu Click Academic Programs> England> Psychology. Click "Apply."*
*If General Psychology has not been completed at the time of application, contact Dr. Rick Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission to apply.
Send questions to Dr. Rick Wagner email@example.com or call International Programs at
(850) 644-3272 or (800) 374-8581.
NEED A PASSPORT? FSU's International Programs office is officially designated as a Passport Acceptance Facility by the U.S. Department of State. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can apply for a U.S. passport and/or passport card directly through their office.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. No appointments, walk-ins only on first come, first serve basis.