Psychology, B.S. (PSCBS)
Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology
- Theory and Content of Psychology — students should show familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Research Methods in Psychology — students should understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — students should respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Applications of Psychology — students should understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Values in Psychology — students should be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology
- Information and Technological Literacy — students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
- Communication Skills — students should be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- Sociocultural and International Awareness — students should recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
- Personal Development — students should develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- Career Planning and Development — students should emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
Note: The above objectives and outcomes are from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes.
For more information:
Dr. Brad Pinter
Associate Professor of Psychology
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences
Office: C128A Smith Building
Dr. Pinter has been a faculty member at Penn State Altoona since 2004. His research interests encompass several areas in social psychology. One line of research focuses on the self-enhancement bias in memory. Dr. Pinter has demonstrated previously that people are less likely to remember information related to the self that is negative rather than positive. Interestingly, this bias seems not to apply to memory for other people. Recently, he has extended knowledge on this topic, showing that the bias is attenuated when the negative feedback originates from a close friend. Presumably this occurs because ignoring negative feedback is more difficult in close relationships. A second line of research focuses on intergroup conflict. Dr. Pinter has demonstrated previously that intergroup interactions are often more conflict-prone than interindividual interactions. Specifically, in the context of laboratory social dilemmas, groups make more selfish decisions and express more animosity than individuals. Dr. Pinter has recently shown how certain personality characteristics related to morality impact behavior in social dilemmas. Counterintuitively, the traits that are associated with moral behavior in interactions with individuals are the same traits that promote immoral behavior in interactions with groups. A final line of research focuses on program assessment. With colleagues in the department, Dr. Pinter has recently published a paper investigating the factors that are associated with student success in the Psychology major. Dr. Pinter regularly works with student collaborators and is constantly in need of help! Dr. Pinter also teaches Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and courses in Social/Personality Psychology.