PSY 4930: Application of Fractals to Psychology
16349 M.W.F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
SO (Social Science
Building) Room 276
Professor Larry S. Liebovitch
Science Building BS-12, Room 323
Psychology Undergraduate Students
PSY 4930, Spring 2007, Dr. Larry S. Liebovitch
Application of Fractals to Psychology
This course uses different teaching and learning styles for students to
show the application of Fractal methods in Psychology.
Using CD-ROM electronic curricula materials developed by
grants from the National Science Foundation (DUE-9752226 and DUE-9980715).
Larry S. Liebovitch, Ph.D.
Florida Atlantic University
Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.297.2239, fax: 561.297.2223
- This course shows the use of fractal methods applied to Psychology.
- Different teaching and learning styles including:
- LECTURE NOTES: HTML, PowerPoint slides, hypertext textbook, videotapes.
- HANDS-ON GROUP CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: HTML, video clips.
- INDIVIDUAL SELF-DISCOVERY EXERCISES: Java applets, Excel spreadsheets.
- ASSESSMENT TOOLS: homework assignments, journal questions, concept
maps, group interviews.
- Attendance: Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes.
If you miss a class you are responsible for ALL the material covered during that
class, including lecture material and rules and regulations about the course
(such as these rules). Some of the material covered in the lectures is NOT in
- Withdraw: It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from
this class, should that status be desired - the instructor cannot withdraw
students from the course. The instructor will not give the grade of "I"
in lieu of a grade of "D" or "F". The grade of "I"
will be considered only in exception cases (such as serious illness) for
students who are presently performing at a C or higher level in the course.
- Homework Problems: All homework problems must be turned in on the
dates assigned. Late homework problems will be accepted up to 1 week late, but
they will be penalized. No homework problems will be accepted over 1 week late.
You will have the option of redoing each homework assignment to improve your
grade on it, BUT if it was not turned in on the date assigned, it will still be
penalized. Just to repeat, ANY homework first turned in later than 1 week will
count as zero. Homework problems must be submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Handwritten homework that is not readable is not acceptable. They should have a
cover sheet with your full name. You are requested to make a copy of all
material turned in for credit to guard against loss or damage.
The textbook will be on a CD-ROM.
Materials on the CD-ROM
- Modules: Each Module is a self-contained unit on one topic that
includes an Instructor's Guide and links to its supporting Lecture Notes,
Classroom Discovery Experiments, Discovery Applets, Discovery Spreadsheets,
Homework Assignments, PowerPoint Slides, reference material in Fractals and
Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences, and Assessment Tools.
- Lecture Notes: Detailed notes of the classroom lectures.
- Classroom Discovery Experiments: Instructions, aims, and
meanings of hands-on activities to be performed by groups of students in class.
These include instructional video clips of the experiments.
- Discovery Applets: Instructions and results for self-discovery
activities implemented in Java applets.
- Discovery Spreadsheets: Instructions and results for
self-discovery activities implemented in Excel spreadsheets.
- Homework Assignments: Homework problems with worked solutions
for the instructor.
- PowerPoint Slides: Illustrative slides for the instructor to
show in class.
- Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences
Hypertext version of the previous print textbook.
|Course Objectives: How to Use Fractals to Analyze Psychological Data|
|Scales of Scientific Measurement|
|Logarithmic Scales in Psychology: Fechner's Law|
|More about Logarithmic Scales in Psychology: Weber's Law|
|Graphical Representations of Psychological Data|
|What Graphs Tell Us about Relationships|
|How Properties Can Depend on the Scale at which they are Measured|
|Physiology and Psychology of Vision|
|Blood Vessels in the Eye|
|How Nerve Cells Work|
|Kinetics of Ion Channel Proteins in Neurons|
|Physiology and Perceptions of Hearing|
|Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart|
|Fractals Inside the Classroom: Lab Experiments on Pattern Formation|
|Statistics in Analyzing Normal Psychological Data|
|Statistics in Analyzing Fractal Psychological Data|
|Chaos: How Simple Systems Can Do Complex Things|
|Implications of Chaos for Psychological Explanations|