4 Areas of Study in the Psychology Program

The Psychology Program provides focused opportunities of learning in the areas of ab-normal psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology. It provides a thorough foundation in empirical methodology and analysis, and offers opportunities to participate in meaningful research and laboratory experiences.

In brief, Cognitive Psychology is the empirical study of how concepts, knowledge, and language are acquired and represented, as well as how knowledge is engaged in human memory, action, perception, and reasoning. Developmental Psychology involves the study of change (both growth and decline) over the life span, including changes in cognition, social interaction, and brain development. Abnormal Psychology is a research-oriented science that pertains to the study of psychopathology (i.e., psychological disorders), personality, and treatment.

Neuroscience focuses on understanding the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems as it investigates questions of brain and behavioral development, normal brain function, and disease processes. Finally, Social Psychology is the scientific study of people in their social contexts, emphasizing the study of behavior and social thought, preferences, and feelings about oneself, one’s social groups, and others.