Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, mind, and brain. We seek to understand how people think and act, both as individuals and in groups.  The department has 15 faculty providing expertise in six subareas of study: cognitive, cultural, developmental, social, psychopathology, and neuroscience.  Features of the major include foundational courses, training in statistics and research methods, a cultural immersion experience, small advanced seminars, and opportunities to conduct original research.



Overview of the Psychology Major for Prospective and New Majors, March 3rd  (Tues.), 12-1:00pm, Judd 116

Andrea Patalano (Department Chair) will give a brief overview of the major including course requirements, cultural immersion and foreign language, and research experience and thesis writing. Much of the time will be devoted to answering individual student questions about major requirements so come with all your questions in hand.  At the beginning and end of the hour, Professor Patalano will also be available to sign forms (e.g., abroad forms, transfer of credit, etc.) and to look over your academic history (if you bring a copy) and to give advice about future directions.  Please take advantage of this event for getting your questions answered about the major! Pizza will be provided.

Spring 2016 Intensive Program, March 5th  (Thurs.), 12-1:00pm, Judd 116

Lisa Dierker will discuss the new spring intensive program and specific opportunities (courses and abroad experiences) for Psyc majors. Pizza will be provied. The Wesleyan Intensive program will allow students to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on one area at a time rather than balancing several. Pizza will be provided.


Feb. 10 - Dr. William Arsenio, Yeshiva University, "Adolescents' conceptions of societal and economic justice: Why it matters"
Feb. 19 - Dr. Avram Holmes, Yale University, "Amygdala-medial prefrontal circuit anatomy predicts negative affect, social functioning, and depression risk"
April 7 - Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger, Boston College, "How emotional valence and arousal affect episodic memory"


Sophomores requesting to declare the psychology major through e-portfolio will receive this Registrar's email with important instructions.