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Psychology Major

Exploring the Mind Through Science

Psychology is the branch of study that scientifically analyzes the determinative conditions and structure of human consciousness and behavior. It is a broad field of study with a relation to the human sciences, such as philosophy, to the social sciences, such as sociology, and to the natural sciences, such as biology. In our classrooms and laboratories we mostly focus on education in the basic fields of psychology such as psychology of consciousness (which analyzes the scheme of perception and cognition), physiological psychology (which investigates the connection between nerve processes such as the brain and the mind), comparative psychology (which addresses the problems of behavioral evolution and psychological development by comparing humans and animals), psychology of learning (which examines the fundamental processes involved in knowledge), environmental psychology (which investigates cognition and behavior as they occur in actual life environments) and social psychology (which explores group behavior such as prejudice and rumors).

For study such as this, the collection of data is necessary. Propositions must be formed on the basis of objective data as opposed to mere speculation or hearsay. In order to do that, it is necessary to fully understand the various methods for gathering data: experimentation, observation and research. Thus, many psychology classes feature exercises and laboratory work designed to provide students with a strong foundation in these research techniques. Outside of class as well, university staff work closely with both undergraduate and post-graduate students in advancing their studies through reading activities and collaborative experiments.

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