The department consists of 14 full-time faculty, whose training and research interests span many areas of psychology. For instance, some faculty have developmental interests (Campa, M. A. Foley, Gardiner); some have cognitive/perceptual interests (Evert, H. Foley, M. A. Foley, Gardiner, Johnson, Phillips); some have social interests (Campa, Hodgins, Solomon); some have neuroscience interests (Evert, López, Phillips); and some have clinical interests (Rye, Schofield). The Department Staff page contains specific details (phone numbers, email addresses, short biographies, etc.) about the staff of the department.
The Psychology Department is located in the Tisch Learning Center (TLC, first and third floors). Many of our Psychology and Neuroscience labs are located in TLC, however, these labs are not immediately obvious because they are tucked away and "off the beaten track" of most campus tours. In addition, the department maintains a computer laboratory on the second floor of the Tisch Learning Center.
In all, the research facilities include three teaching and research laboratory spaces along with 14 individual faculty laboratories. These facilities support numerous courses (by way of lab experiences) as well as faculty/student research projects. This brief list of the kinds of labs gives a sense of the wide range of research represented by the department. Our research and teaching facilities include an Animal lab, two Perception Labs, a Psycholinguistics Lab, a Social Psychology Lab, two Developmental Labs, a Clinical Lab, both a Cognitive and a Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, and additional research and teaching labs for such courses as Social Psychology, Research Methods, Hormones & Behavior, Introduction to Neuroscience. Students interested in learning more about these research facilities are welcome to schedule a tour of the specific lab areas.
These research facilities include Biopac systems for testing hypotheses that involve measuring responses such as EEG, Galvanic Skin Resistance, and Reaction Time, as well as eyetracking systems and other power tools for investigating perceptual action and vision systems. Computer-based testing rooms allow for students enrolled in lab-based courses to collect data for lab assignments and also support more advanced independent research projects and senior thesis work. Computer workstations with specialized software (such as E-prime and SuperLab) for the development of experiments as well as data analyses (e.g., SPSS) are available for student use as well.
The department offers students a number of opportunities for research participation. In addition to independent research courses (PS275, PS371A, PS 371B) and senior theses (PS375, PS376), students may be able to secure one of the college's student/faculty collaborative research fellowships offered each summer. These fellowships allow the student to work with a faculty collaborator on a research project during the summer. Students receive a stipend and free room and board. The application deadline for this fellowship program is typically in mid-February. Contact the Associate Dean of the Faculty for further information. Similar opportunities at other institutions are provided by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates progam.
To fulfill the research-participation component of PS 101, go to http://skidmore.sona-systems.com.
You can find out more about departmental requirements, courses, etc., on the Requirements page. The introductory course (PS101) is the course with the largest enrollment (greater than 100 in one section each year, with all other sections capped at 35 students). Upper-level courses typically have about 20 students, except for seminars, which typically have about 15 students.