Description: Description: wesley240

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

University of Winnipeg




Return to Main Page



Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

Department of Psychology

University of Winnipeg


contact information:


Department of Psychology

University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB

R3B 2E9


Ph# (office): (204) 786-9737

Email: s.smith (at)

Office Number: 4L06

Lab Number: 4L26


I teach a number of different courses at the University of Winnipeg. These include Introductory Psychology, Physiological Psychology I, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience. Details of each of these courses are found below (with links to the course webpage if that course is currently being taught).

Psychology 1000: Introductory Psychology (full-year course taught annually)

Introductory Psychology is a full-year course providing a basic overview of the different areas of psychology. Although most people assume psychology simply involves a bearded man smoking a cigar asking people about their mothers, the field is actually incredibly complex and fascinating. This course will involve lectures related to the scientific method, the brain and behaviour, sleep, perception, memory, emotion, social interactions, human development, personality, and conditions such as depression and schizophrenia. My hope is that you will walk away from this course with a greater understanding of how and why people behave as they do. I also hope to teach students how to be critical consumers of the information they see on the internet and in the news.


Psychology 2900: Physiological Psychology I (half-year course taught annually)


Physiological Psychology I examines how the nervous system, particularly the brain, influences how we behave. This course will begin with a discussion of the basics of neuroscience: brain anatomy and the components of a neuron. We will then examine how neurons communicate with each other. After establishing these fundamentals, we will analyze how this biology underlies our perceptions, memories, decision-making abilities, and emotions. In addition to the 3 hours of lectures, students must also enroll in a weekly 3-hour neuroanatomy lab.


Psychology 3920: Cognitive Neuroscience (half-year course taught every other year)


This course provides an introduction to the field of cognitive neuroscience; the study of the neural substrates underlying cognitive functions. The course examines a broad range of cognitive functions and their neural substrates, including memory, language, emotion, and decision-making. Students are expected to gain an understanding how different brain systems interact in order to support complex cognitive behaviours. The course provides a strong foundation in the converging fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience; laboratories provide the research skills necessary to test the cognitive functions discussed during lectures.


Psychology 4920: Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (half-year course taught every other year)


This course provides a detailed survey of the emerging fields of social and affective neuroscience. These interdisciplinary fields examine the neural mechanisms contributing to social behaviours and emotional responses. Specific topics of discussion may include the neuroscience of emotional perception, reward responses, social decision-making, empathy, and emotional regulation. Topics are discussed from a neuroscience and behavioural perspective, with special emphasis on solving the research-design challenges associated with analyzing complex behaviours.


Last updated: October 1, 2015