Psychological Science

Psychological Science provides students with a broad introduction to the study of behavior and its underlying processes with an emphasis on psychology as an experimental science.

Sample Courses

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Intro to Child Psychology
This course provides an overview of the major theories that guide the study of child development, as well as the normative physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes that take place from infancy through late childhood. This course also considers contextual influences (e.g., the family, peers, schools, culture, the media) on development and several key themes (e.g., how children shape their own development, individual differences, the use of research findings to promote children's well-being).

Student Profile: Kathryn Oswald '20

Kathryn Oswald '20

Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology

“The Psychological Science Department's classes bring current mental health conversations to the forefront, as well as cover behavioral and mental processes that can be applied in the real world or in scientific practices. I'm thankful for the breadth of topics and depth of examination that the program provides and the relationships I’ve built with thoughtful and engaging professors.”

Meet Our Faculty

The Psychological Science faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From cultural influences on social development to political psychology, mindfulness and psychological wellbeing to discourse processing and creation of false memories, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers.

Psychological Science News

Hawes ’19 Begins Ph.D. at University of Alabama Birmingham

Wed, 05 May 2021

Headshots taken for student's personal LinkedIn profiles.Elizabeth “Liz” Hawes ’19 has been accepted into a Ph.D. in medical and clinical psychology at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Since graduating from Hobart and William Smith, Elizabeth “Liz”…

Six Degrees of Separation — in the Human Brain

Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Daniel GrahamIn his blog on Psychology Today, Associate Professor of Psychological Science Daniel Graham details the social media-like connections made within the human brain. “You are probably familiar with the idea…

Bodenlos Elected Regional VP of Psychology Honor Society

Mon, 22 Mar 2021

Bodenlos Jamie Class-0005Chair and Associate Professor of Psychological Science Jamie Bodenlos has been elected vice president of the eastern region of international psychology honor society Psi Chi. Since founding the HWS chapter…

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