Students in WPI’s Psychological & Cognitive Sciences program examine the mind from various scientific viewpoints to understand and predict how people think and behave in different situations.
Students learn about and engage in scientific research in classrooms and with faculty mentors in their research laboratories. The program’s interdisciplinary and global approach allows students to fuse multiple disciplines to answer pressing questions through cutting-edge approaches. Students work closely with each other and with the faculty in a collaborative and encouraging atmosphere.
Psychological Science is an excellent choice as a stand-alone major, second major, or minor. Whether a student’s interests are in psychology or a combination of psychology and another discipline (like computer science, education, biology, or robotics), our faculty help make those cross-cutting connections so students have a fulfilling and personalized academic path.
Majors have the option to concentrate in psychobiology or diversity science.
The program’s graduates go on to various careers in their respective fields such as healthcare, law, education, marketing, human resources, project management, engineering, and nonprofit work. Our graduates also pursue advanced degrees in psychology, education, social work, behavioral genetics, healthcare, and law.
WPI’s research-intensive Psychological & Cognitive Sciences program gives students opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty and in small teams to complete projects as a volunteer or for course credit.
Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychology at WPI, explains how weight stigma, or fat-shaming, has negative effects on the mental and physical health of pregnant women, and women in the postpartum period.
Jeanine Skorinko, professor of psychology, was mentioned in The New York Times article. Skorinko said people's behavior in the new, COVID-19 normal will reflect what they perceive others to be doing. "If your group keeps social-distancing rules, talks quietly, and avoids sharing drinks, you’re likely to follow suit," for example.
Professor Jeanine Skorinko, director of psychological science program, hopes her research into how humans think, behave, and interact with others will make the world a better, more equitable place.
Students in WPI’s Psychological Science program examine the mind from various viewpoints, with emphasis on applying scientific methodologies and concepts to their own experience.