The Department of Psychology at Tufts University
conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding
the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior.
Reflecting three centers of excellence, our work addresses social,
cognitive, and neural levels of analysis. We are innovative and
interdisciplinary in our approach and emphasize understanding phenomena
that have a direct impact on society. Importantly, scientists at all
levels - faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate and undergraduate
students - engage in collaborative scholarship and critical thinking in
the classroom and in the laboratory. This synthesis, between research
and teaching, positions us to ask and answer fundamental questions while
also enriching our students' understanding of psychology.
Among the departments at Tufts, we are distinctive in having one of
the largest majors on campus, while simultaneously maintaining one of
the University's highest research profiles. Our primary focus is strongly
experimental, with researchers at the forefront of neuroscience, cognition,
social cognition, experimental clinical psychology, cognitive and affective
neuroscience, and developmental psychology. By purposefully bridging across
these different areas of Psychology, we want to create a more complete picture
of the how and why of behavior, from the microstructure of perception and
cognition to the varied robustness of social behavior. In both our undergraduate
and graduate programs, we are highly committed to getting our students involved
in collaborative scholarship at every level, both inside and outside the
classroom. Our department is focused on preparing undergraduate and graduate
students to ask science-based questions about the origins and mechanisms of
human and animal behavior using discovery-oriented research and teaching. We
are highly student-oriented, striving to combine excellence in teaching,
research and advising.
If you are interested in our programs, please explore our website as it
contains important information about how you can maximize your educational
experience within the department. If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to ask any faculty member about the different possibilities that
exist. Join us in exploring the mysteries and mechanisms of behavior.
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Dr. Ayanna Thomas,
who was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure!
Dr. Emily Bushnell, who has
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New Joint PhD program in Cognitive Science!
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