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

Klion ’82 Funds Summer Science Research

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Klion ReidAfter an accomplished career as a psychologist and entrepreneur, Reid Klion ’82 is making it possible for Hobart and William Smith students to get the same kind of research experiences…

HWS’ Pandemic Response Detailed in International Journal of Community Well-Being

Tue, 13 Oct 2020

Geneva Night AerialHobart and William Smith and the Geneva community innovated rapidly in response to the global pandemic, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage explains in an article he co-authored with…

Bodenlos and Students Publish on Cognitive Fusion

Wed, 23 Sep 2020

Bodenios Jamie Class-0051Cognitive fusion, which occurs when we equate our thoughts with reality, is the topic of an article in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science by Associate Professor of Psychological Science…

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