Social Cognitive Neuroscience – PSYC 867

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an overview of emerging research in Social Cognitive Neuroscience with a look at social influences on the nervous system, including the neural basis of social interaction, and the neural basis of perceptions about our social world.


PSYC 712


Social interactions are a staple of daily living- something that we all experience and are vital to our well-being. In fact, God Himself emphasizes our social nature by stating that the most important commandment is to love Him and love others (Matthew 22:36-40). This course aims to help us understand the neurobiological basis for our social interaction. This course will emphasize previous and current research in the field and draw students to developing their own thoughts and proposals related to social neuroscience.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. To use cognitive neuroscience to better understand social processes
  2. To understand the neurological basis for social processes
  3. To understand the research methods associated with social neuroscience
  4. To effectively analyze a peer-reviewed scientific journal article in the subject of social neuroscience
  5. To prioritize the importance of Scripture in social neuroscience
  6. To observe and appreciate social neuroscience in daily life

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The student must include at least 2 peer-reviewed articles in APA formatting. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. More specific instructions are included in the discussion board prompts.

Article Reviews (3)

Students will read the assigned peer-reviewed article. They will submit a 3-4 page summary of the article according to the instructions provided.

Proposal Outline

Student will outline research proposal idea. The outline will include the hypothesis and basic experimental design according to the instructions provided. Upon satisfactory completion, student will be permitted to begin research proposal.

Research Proposal

The student will write a 5-7 page research proposal in current APA formatting. They will design a hypothetical study in the field of social cognitive neuroscience. They will summarize previous research supporting their proposal and provide a practical, simple research design. More instructions are provided in the instructions.

Midterm and Final Exams

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 75 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1.5 hour time limit.