• 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

  • He’s pursuing an MD/PhD at Penn State, yet alumnus Brian Kinsman ’09 turned to his Lake Forest College mentors for their help when he applied for—and won—a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute fellowship. More »
  • Lake Forest was the first college Chicagoan Teresa D’Astice ’17 ever visited. A high school sophomore at the time, she really liked the campus, location, and reputation. More »
  • The Neuroscience Program invites the College community and the public for a lecture on April 14 titled “Depression is for real: The road less traveled”, by Dr. Eva Redei. More »
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