What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience – from the functions of the brain to the actions of neurons, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, “the understanding of behavior” is the enterprise of psychologists.

Is Psychology a Science?

Yes. Psychology is sometimes considered a natural science and sometimes a social science. Psychological scientists form hypotheses, collect data, and test hypotheses through experiments, quasi-experiments, and correlational studies. There are many areas of psychology, such as clinical, cognitive, developmental, and affective, that can be studied through a neuroscientific, biological, or behavioral lens. Psychology also includes the scientific study of what therapies work to help those who are experiencing struggles related to thoughts, emotions, memories, learning, and relating to others and how to effectively apply these therapies. If you are interested in neuroscience, emotions, thoughts, memories, learning, social interactions, beliefs, cognitive development, psychological disorders, or therapy, psychology is for you!

Why Study Psychology?

An undergraduate major in psychology offers a student preparation for a wide variety of careers. Many majors find psychology to be an excellent preparation for such service-oriented professions as social work, counseling and guidance, special education, and management. Those who pursue graduate work in one of the many fields of psychology often seek positions in teaching and research or applied human services. In addition, the study of psychology provides a knowledge and an understanding of behavior that has applications in other professions as well, including nursing, medicine, law, teaching, business, and public relations.

 

Undergraduate Psychology News and Highlights

Research on suicidal thoughts

James Overholser, a professor Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, said that passive suicidal ideation is characterized by thinking about dying or a desire to be dead, without actively making a specific plan to carry out those thoughts.   https://uk.style.yahoo.com/had-passive-suicidal-ideation-everyone-061217252.html?guccounter=1

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In acknowledgment of Suicide Prevention Month, the Psychological Sciences Department at CWRU invites you to take a moment to learn about this important mental health crisis Suicide is a growing public health concern, impacting individuals all over the world. In the United States in 2018, there was an estimated 1.4...

Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore to retire at end of academic year

When Grover “Cleve” Gilmore agreed to lead the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2002, his appointment was only supposed to last a year. After all, he was a longtime professor of psychology, not social work. And, the request had come from an interim...

Join the Undergraduate Psychology Student Organization (UPSO)!

This fall, the Department of Psychological Sciences is excited to aid in the establishment of an Undergraduate Psychology Student Organization (UPSO). This organization’s mission is to promote a sense of community among undergraduate students in psychology at CWRU and to provide an opportunity to explore career paths in psychology...

Psychology researchers recruiting 7th through 12th graders to participate in paid video-platform creativity study!

Case Western Reserve University faculty member, Dr. Sandra Russ, PhD, and her graduate student, Alexis Lee, MA, in the Department of Psychological Sciences are seeking pre-adolescents and adolescents to take part in a research initiative looking at aspects of creativity. WHO? Young people in grades 7th through 12th both...

When playtime and COVID collide

The New York Times: Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor, discussed how children are incorporating COVID-19 in their pretend play. She said studies have shown children in pediatric hospitals who incorporate their experience into play—by performing “surgery” on their stuffed animals, for example—experience...

Register now: Understanding Suicidality and How to Help

This free (Zoom) talk, hosted by the Rocky River Public Library will cover common myths and facts about suicide, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and how to offer/seek help, including how to approach the conversation with someone you are worried about, a very brief overview of treatments, coping...

Letter to the College Community from Outgoing Interim Dean Sandra Russ

June 23, 2020 Dear Members of the College Community, Ten months ago, when I became interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, no one anticipated the challenges that the university, our nation and the world would be confronting at this moment. We mourn the tragic, continuing loss of life...

Participate in research: COVID-19 on OCD Symptoms and Parenting

Was your family impacted by the coronavirus? Are you or your child struggling with anxiety or depression about the coronavirus or social distancing? Help CWRU researchers learn more about the impact of the coronavirus on children, parents, and families. If you have a child ages 7-17 and have been...