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Research

Research in the Psychology Department covers a wide spectrum of contemporary behavioral science within a close-knit community of faculty and students. There are four major areas of emphasis, behavioral neuroscience, cognition, perception, and social/personality, with cross-cutting themes in health, affective science, and lifespan development.

Behavioral Neuroscience

Behavioral Neuroscience is the study of behavior as a function of brain activity. As a discipline, it has a close relationship with such fields as neurophysiology, experimental neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry.

Cognition

The Cognition Group works within the general approach of cognitive science, which brings the ideas and methods of cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science to bear on the scientific investigation of mental processes and representations.

Perception

Members of the Perception Group use computational, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques to study a variety of issues in perception, with a strong focus on vision.

Personality/Social

Personality and social psychology are both concerned with the study of individual and social behavior, although each approaches this domain from a different perspective.

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7/18/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Rebecca Shansky, assistant professor of psychology, conducts research in Nightingale Hall on July 18, 2019. Shansky is studying how fluctuating ovarian hormones affect learning and memory in rats, which could help identify new ways to help women with PTSD. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Do Hormones Affect a Woman’s Ability to Recover from PTSD?

Rebecca Shansky is studying how levels of estriadol, an estrogen hormone, affect the treatment of women with PTSD.
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Of Mice and Women

Victorian-era stereotypes that were originally used to keep women out of leadership positions are still with us today, says Rebecca Shansky, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern. And they're…
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You Think You Can Read Facial Expressions? You’re Wrong.

Everything from emotion-reading AI to TSA terror threat recognition training relies on the assumption that emotions can be deciphered from basic and universal facial expressions. A new study by Northeastern…
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