Explore Psychology and Neuroscience at Boston College

Our department is committed to fostering critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills in an inclusive and collaborative environment that encourages creative exploration and discovery. Students learn in the classroom and through hands-on research experiences, and they are tasked with sharing their knowledge with others at the University and beyond. Students have the option to declare a Psychology degree (B.A. or B.S. tracks) or a Neuroscience degree (B.S.).

Psychology and Neuroscience at a Glance

Faculty Areas of Expertise

(Affective) learning and memory

Cognitive and socioemotional development (from infancy through old age)

Virtue and morality

Synergy across multiple levels
of analysis

Our faculty study each of these core problems from multiple perspectives: from animal models and computational models, to systems and cognitive neuroscience, to behavioral and psychophysiological measurements from individuals or groups.

Study basic processes with translational impact

Affective disorders, such as anxiety and depression Stigma and stereotyping

Developmental disorders
Teaching and education

Ethics and law

Undergraduates are integrated into our department through their coursework, their participation in independent research and honors theses, their inclusion in departmental colloquia and workshops, and the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. They become critical thinkers as they reflect on topics that are at the core of the human experience: How we learn through our experiences; how brain cells give rise to thought; how context influences everything from what we see to how we behave toward others; which aspects of human behavior are easily controlled and which proceed without conscious awareness.

Department News and Notes

Our Faculty

Graduate Student Placements

California State Monterey Bay

Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin

Associate Professor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Behavioral Scientist/Epidemiologist

Innerscope Research

Scientific Project Manager

MPR Associates

Senior Research Associate

Zeldis Research Associates

Project Director

Columbia University


Harvard University


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Assistant Professor

The Future of Psychological Science

Associate Professor of Psychology Liane Young is a recipient of the 2017 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions, given by the Association for Psychological Science. The award recognizes the best of new and cutting-edge ideas coming from the most creative and promising investigators.

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