Department of Psychology

Our classes regularly volunteer at schools in nearby North Chicago.Our classes regularly volunteer at schools in nearby North Chicago.

  • Seeing his students wanting to connect basic research in psychology to the real world, Prof. Matt Kelley’s teaching influenced his research. He’s done studies that suggest censoring lyrics can actually make those words more memorable to listeners. Research like this helps his students make the connections they needed between theory, research, and their everyday lives.

Through empirical investigation, faculty and students in the psychology department seek to understand the building blocks of behavior at all levels, from neural networks and sensory systems to more integrated dimensions, such as personality, life span development, psychopathology, and social interaction. In the classroom, lab, and field, our professors guide students through a scientific approach to the study of the mind.


Our students assist faculty with and conduct their own original research, from brains and robots to learning languages. With a strong preparation in research methods, psychology students are well prepared for graduate school and careers in fields like business, communication, and health professions. 

Department News

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    Chicago magazine selected Laura Hilstrom’s ’00 job as one of the six most “fascinating” in the city. More »
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    Lake Forest College is proud to announce the line up for the 10th annual Current Advances in Psychology (CAP) Colloquia Series. In celebration of the interdisciplinary nature of psychology, a trio of talks has been planned for this fall and another in the spring. More »
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    Daryn Cass ’10 is credited as the first author in the article, “CB1 cannabinoid receptor stimulation during adolescence impairs the maturation of GABA function in the adult rat prefrontal cortex,” published in May by the scientific research journal Molecular Psychiatry. More »
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