Summer Psychology Institute

Session 2: The 2018 Session 2 programs will run July 15th - July 28th.

Students find the field of psychology relevant and engaging because it is the study of ourselves and those around us. This introductory psychology course will be packed with answers to fascinating questions about our actions and thoughts, learned through scientific investigation. How do tiny neurons firing in our brain combine to form our rich experiences? How do we pay attention, remember, and think about the world around us? How do we develop in our thinking and behaviors throughout our lives? In what ways are our actions influenced by the presence of others? What kinds of psychological disorders can affect us and what are the most effective methods of treatment? To answer these questions and more, the course will cover prominent areas in psychology (e.g. neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology) by reviewing the empirical research in each subfield of study.  For their final project students will analyze and present real data collected to answer a research question of interest.  

Download the Psychology Pre-College program brochure and learn more. pdf

Program Goals
Students will:

  • Gain an appreciation of psychology as a science by learning how research methods help us explore and answer questions about human behavior.
  • Explore the history, theories, and controversies that guide major disciplines in psychology.
  • Review famous psychological research such as the work of B. F. Skinner, Elizabeth Loftus, Jean Piaget, and Stanley Milgram.
  • Develop skills to critically evaluate and articulate claims about psychology in written and spoken form.
  • Learn to identify and apply psychological concepts by taking trips to off-campus locations, including New York City.
  • Design and carry out a research project that focuses on an area of psychology.

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion of the Summer Psychology Institute, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits for the Marist College course PYSC 101, Introduction to Psychology course.

Please see below for the 2018 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.
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