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The purpose of this guide is to define the subject of Psychology and its related material in order to inform students, faculty, and our community of the various resources and search methods available to facilitate study and continuing research, be it scholarly or personal interest.

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context, as in the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group, or the mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity.

Psychological studies may focus on a number of disciplines:

  • Cognitive psychology investigates internal mental processes such as how people think, perceive and communicate.
  • Developmental psychology is the study of how a person develops psychologically over the course of their life.
  • Evolutionary psychology examines how psychological adjustments during evolution have affected human behavior.
  • Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the process of criminal investigation and the law.
  • Health psychology observes how health can be influenced by behavior, biology and social context.
  • Neuropsychology examines the how the brain functions in relation to different behaviors and psychological processes.
  • Occupational psychology investigates how people perform at work in order to develop an understanding of how organizations function.
  • Social psychology is a study of how the behavior and thoughts of people are influenced by the actual or implied presence of others.


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Matt Young
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Subject Librarian