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.

News

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Karen Quigley Appointed Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences

In December of 2018, Karen Quigley, Professor of Psychology was appointed Fellow of the Association of Psychological Sciences. Congratulations to Karen on this incredible honor!
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Elizabeth Curtis, Biology '19, pours a pint of lager at the Boston Beer Company in Jamaica Plain. Photo by Tim Briggs

The Science (and Co-ops) Behind Boston Beer

An exploration of Boston Beer Company's R&D Brewery, through the eyes of three College of Science co-ops. 
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What Made This Ted Talk One Of The Most Watched Of 2018?

A talk by Northeastern psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett about how our brains control emotions amassed more than 3 million views last year.
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