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PSYC 438 Interpersonal Relationships

The course examines interpersonal relationships primarily from a social psychological perspective, drawing on research from other fields of psychology including cognitive, developmental, clinical, and personality psychology as well as social-cognitive neuroscience. The central goal of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge theories and research in relationship science by defining and explaining the basic structure, functions, dynamics, and formation of human affectional ties. The course will survey a broad range of topics at the heart of relationship science, including interpersonal attraction and mate selection, formation of attachment bonds, social-cognitive processes in interpersonal relationships, jealousy and infidelity, relationship dissolution, loneliness, social rejection, and the effects of social relationships on mental and physical well-being. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: PSYC 230.

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