• 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

  • Six teams vied for the coveted McPherson Cup at Lake Forest College’s 4th Annual Plate Race on July 13. More »
  • Students in the Our Amazing Brain class wowed the crowd during a symposium and poster presentation that showcased key neuroscience questions tackled during the four-week June summer course. More »
  • Studying music’s connection with humans and the mind is helping two students get a head start on their preparation for graduate school. By working personally with a professor to prepare a new class, Haley Bader ’20 and Timothy Nichin ’20 are learning skills for their futures in higher education. More »
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