In the Department of Psychology we focus on the investigation of behavior and its cognitive, neural and hormonal underpinnings in the full range of environmental situations. Our strengths lie in four broadly defined areas of development, cognition, neuroscience, and social and personality psychology. We develop and conduct theoretical and translational research to advance health and well-being.
Currently, we offer two majors and minors for undergraduate students. The Psychology major and minor are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences while the Human Development major and minor are offered through the College of Human Ecology. We also offer graduate degrees in the field of Psychology through the College of Arts and Sciences and the field of Human Development through the College of Human Ecology.
Now overseen by the psychology department, the vintage cerebra draw many a visitor to the second floor of Uris Hall.Read more
“Every time there is some major event and information is at a premium, we see misinformation spread like wildfire," says professor Gordon Pennycook.Read more
Cornell now ranks in the Top 10 of US schools offering graduate degree programs in Psychology according to the U.S. News & World Report list for 2023-2024.Read more
The difficulty he might have finding a body double means nothing to those convinced the real Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa. (who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall and about 270 pounds) is somewhere in hiding, writes Gordon Pennycook.Read more
With a focus on the prairie vole, Alexander Ophir will study mating tactics in mammals to learn about the underlying neural sources of social behaviors.Read more
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Preparing undergraduate students for the future of psychological research and practice
Undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills, emphasizing the foundational nature of the science of psychology.
Learn at the nexus of graduate level scientific inquiry
The Department of Psychology embraces multidisciplinary and translational research and graduate training, viewing psychology as a “hub science” at the nexus of many other areas of scientific inquiry.
A cross disciplinary approach to research
The Department of Psychology embraces a “big tent” approach to methods, techniques and analysis that can be used to expand the frontiers of psychological science.
Expanding the psychological sciences at Cornell
On July 1, 2021, the College of Human Ecology’s Department of Human Development merged with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology to form a new psychology super-department. The new department retains the title “the Department of Psychology” and includes the faculty members from both departments. The evolution sets the stage to enhance collaboration in the psychological sciences and provide students with a rich education from a broad range of leading faculty.