This is the course website for the Stanford Psychology Honors Program. The Honors Program in Psychology is designed for Psychology majors who wish to pursue a full year of intensive supervised independent research during their senior year. Students in the program will acquire a broad background in psychology as well as a deep background in their chosen area.

In the fall quarter, we will focus on career development, acquiring valuable research skills, and on discussing our research projects. In the winter quarter, we will focus on reading and discussing research papers that are relevant for our projects. In the spring quarter, we will focus on how to present our research in writing, as well as in poster and oral presentations.


Ellen Markman Kayla Good
Ellen Markman Kayla Good
Role Instructor Teaching assistant
Email ( markman kagood
Office hours* By appointment Book appointment here

* We warmly invite you to join us for office hours! You don’t have to have a specific question in advance - you can check in just to say hi if you want :) We’re also here in case you want help with project troubleshooting, planning for project updates, career advice, etc.

Where and when?

During winter quarter, the class meets on Tuesdays 3:00-4:20pm in Building 160, Room 322.

Learning goals

Students will:

  • Do a deep dive into the literature relevant to their thesis topic (and present one of these papers to their peers)
  • Learn how to craft literature reviews
  • Get to know one another and build professional connections



Day Date Class
1 Tuesday January 10th Check-ins, course logistics
2 Tuesday January 17th How to: 1) read a scientific article +
2) write a literature review
3 Tuesday January 24th Paper discussion
4 Tuesday January 31st Paper discussion
5 Tuesday February 7th Paper discussion
6 Tuesday February 14th Paper discussion
7 Tuesday February 21st Paper discussion
8 Tuesday February 28th Paper discussion
9 Tuesday March 7th Paper discussion
10 Tuesday March 14th TBD

General information

Attendance policy

We expect that you attend each of our course meetings on Tuesdays in person. However, if something comes up, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you to make up your absence. Unfortunately, we can’t offer remote attendance via Zoom this quarter, but we are happy to send you a class recap (and we will of course post all relevant materials and slides on Canvas).

And of course, your health is the top priority, so if you are sick or have ANY potential symptoms of COVID-19, flu, RSV, a cold, etc., please email us (when you can) and stay home and rest!

Mask policy

In this class, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is safe and accessible to all. Thus, masks are required at all times. You of course can lower your mask briefly to take a sip of water, etc., but prolonged periods without a mask are not permitted.

Grading & assignments

This course is pass/fail. In general, we expect that you will attend class regularly and complete all of the course assignments. Our primary focus, however, is on making this course useful for you!

Class norms

  • Take space, make space.
  • Challenge ideas, not people.
  • No dumb questions! We all have different experiences with and familiarity with research and academia.
  • Active listening when others are speaking/presenting.


Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability should initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL:

Stanford offers several services that might be of help:


We welcome feedback regarding the course at any point. Please feel free to email us directly, or leave anonymous feedback for the teaching team by using this form.