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How To Declare Psychology
Psychology Concentration
Neuroscience Certificate

The Department of Psychology focuses on the study of people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as on issues in animal cognition and behavior. Faculty members in the department conduct research and teach on a variety of psychological topics, including (but not limited to), how people’s beliefs and behaviors are influenced by situations, how people make judgments and decisions in situations of conflict and uncertainty, how people see the world and pay attention, and the neurobiological mechanisms underlying sensory processing, cognitive control, and decision making. As a concentrator in the Department of Psychology, you will be given the opportunity to take courses that expose you to these various topics and broader areas in psychology. Specifically, you will take courses in (1) Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology; (2) Developmental and Cognitive Psychology; and (3) Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. In addition, as a concentrator in the department, your independent work will generally fall into one of those three broad areas. Given that the department has strong ties with other units within the university, psychology concentrators often receive certificates in other programs, with the most common being a certificate in Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the brain.

Psychologists employ a wide range of methods and techniques to address psychological questions. The faculty members in the psychology department are no exception. Faculty use experimental design, field studies, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), reaction time analyses, and computational modeling to answer psychological questions. As a psychology concentrator, you will be exposed to these methods and techniques in courses, and gain valuable hands-on experience with some of them for your junior and senior independent work.

For additional information about being a concentrator in the Psychology Department, please consult the Psychology Guide to Independent Work here.