About Psychological and Brain Sciences
Here are examples of the questions asked in the department:
- How plastic is the nervous system; how does it develop and what experiences change it?
- Does gesture train the brain for language learning and intercultural understanding?
- How can we conquer biases and prejudices we don’t know we have?
- How can we miss seeing what is right in front of us?
- Are relationships literally good for the heart?
- Is the clock of development preordained by genes?
- Why are some people resilient to misfortune and others vulnerable to life’s stresses and bad habits?
- What pleasures our brains as we behold great art?
Students and professors explore provocative and important questions like these at multiple levels-of-analysis; from brain to behavior and everything in between. Join the effort to deploy a broad array of empirical methodologies and tools to reach new understandings of human and animal nature.
About the department's academic program
Majors and Minors
Students may pursue a major or a minor in one of two related areas of study: psychological science