• 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

  • Chris Haught-Thompson ’12, a psychology major and three-year assistant soccer coach at Lake Forest, has been hired as the new women’s soccer coach at Knox. More »
  • At Lake Forest, the sciences take center stage as the new Lillard Science Center, opening in 2018, is being erected on Middle Campus. Watch this video all about sciences at Lake Forest College. More »
  • He wanted to be a Catholic priest, but then started questioning his faith. To find the answers, Zachary Kelvington ’17 read the Bible from cover to cover, became an atheist, then decided to study religion in college. 

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