The Psychological Science Department (New England Building and Olmsted Hall) maintains state-of-the-art laboratories for research in physiology, neurochemistry, experimental learning, and electrophysiology, as well as observation and testing suites with sophisticated audio and video recording equipment for the study of development, individual differences, and social behavior. In addition, the Wimpfheimer Nursery School serves as an on-campus laboratory for students pursuing coursework and research in developmental psychology.
The Wimpfheimer Nursery School, one of the first laboratory schools in the U.S., has a twofold mission: to provide quality early childhood education and to serve as a laboratory for observation and research on child development and education. Students in developmental psychology classes and educational theory classes routinely use Wimpfheimer for observation and research.
Neuroscience and Behavior
Members of the Psychological Science Department are also intimately involved in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, which is an interdisciplinary major (with the Biology Department). Those who are interested in particular in the biological foundations of behavior and neuroscience are encouraged to examine the requirements for the Neuroscience and Behavior Program and to talk with a faculty member who is an advisor in that program.
Cognitive Science Department
Members of the Psychological Science Department share collaborations with the Cognitive Science Department. Cognitive science is a broadly multidisciplinary field in which philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, linguists, neuroscientists, biologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists, among others, combine their respective theories, technologies, and methodologies in the service of a unified exploration of mind. The hallmark of the field is a genuinely multidisciplinary outlook in which the perspectives and methods of all of the component disciplines are simultaneously brought to bear upon a particular question.