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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Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate featured in “Outside the Classroom”

Li McCarthy, a recent graduate from the Behavioral Neuroscience program talks about Color Vision Research from Vision Science Society 2016 in this Northeastern University Honors Program “Outside the Classroom” article.  

Dr. Rebecca Shansky to work on new NIH-funded study on stress related behaviors

Associate Professor Rebecca Shansky will work with long time friend and colleague Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Hill from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute on a new NIH funded…

Co-op student works to support young girls coping with trauma

James Evans is a linguistics and psychology major who is spending his co-op helping young girls in Uganda who have survived abuse or neglect. Learn about his experience here.