Located in the John S. Toll Science Center, Psychology Department facilities include classrooms, labs and offices. These outstanding facilities provide exciting teaching and research opportunities for students.
- A social psychology laboratory
- A health psychology laboratory
- A psychometric assessment laboratory
- A clinical and developmental observation suite
- A computer-driven operant conditioning laboratory
- A perception and cognitive performance laboratory
- A 32-channel topographic electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory
- A state of the art eye gaze tracking lab
- A transcranial doppler lab for measuring blood flow in the brain
- A biopsychology laboratory
- A computerized human vision laboratory
- Vivarium services laboratories in animal cognition, behavioral pharmacology, and neurohistology
- A psychology lounge where students and faculty interact
Students enrolled in Behavior Modification conduct their laboratory investigations in local public schools where the fundamentals of behavior modification techniques are learned through supervised work with school children.
Students in child assessment observe children at local day care centers and test the cognitive skills of child volunteers with special needs.
Internships are available at local community mental health clinics and counseling centers.
Field laboratories in Comparative Psychology include observations of osprey behavior aboard the College’s research vessel on the Chester River, the study of social interaction in white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and other animals, in the forests of a nearby wildlife refuge. Fieldtrips to the National Zoo and New Bolton Equine Center have also been part of recent classes.
Students interested in studying the biological basis of higher order cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and visual search have access to state-of-the-art eyegaze tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) equipment. Current projects focus on patterns of neural activity related to bias and detecting conflict.
Students interested in child development are researching the effects that attachment has on emotional development (empathy, guilt, forgiveness, jealousy), social development (parent-child conflict), and cognitive biases (attention to and interpretation of events).