Social Sciences

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Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Psychology Area of Concentration

Our faculty and students study people and other animals (otters, dolphins, dogs, manatees,+) using a variety of approaches such as neuroimaging, interviews, surveys, experimental interventions, measuring physiology, volunteering in our Child Care Center, analyzing video, language, and acoustic data– and more! By using these great tools we teach students how to design research and think creatively to answer intriguing questions about behavior and the natural world.

We also have partnerships within the college (e.g., our Biopsychology and Neuroscience programs) and outside the college (e.g., the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Bishop Museum, the Lemur Conservation Foundation, and others) to expand their learning options. Our students go on to a variety of great futures as social and mental health advocates, doctors, lawyers, vets, researcher-scientists who earn their PhDs (alumnae/i write to tell us it’s usually “too easy” their first year), lab techs, clinical professionals, zoo/aquarium professionals, video game writers, comedians, Planned Parenthood administrators, and so much more. They also make friends for life, perhaps because they spend so much time together in our bayside building.

“New College gives you the ability to decide what you want to do for an Independent Study Project on your own. To have a month dedicated to personalized research is not something you will find many places.”

Maya Greenberg on her Psychology-based ISP on lemurs
Psychology and Sociology, Graduate 2020

Featured Course

Recent courses

  • Advanced Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Animal Behavior Processes: Goldfish Learning and Cognition
  • The Art of Presenting Psychological Sciences
  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives in Child Development
  • Development Psychology Laboratory: Analyzing Conversation
  • fNIRS Neuroimaging
  • Impression Management
  • Introduction to Animal Well Being
  • Introductory Psychology Seminar: The Embodied Mind
  • Introductory Psychology Seminar: Social Cognition
  • Introductory Psychology Seminar: Social Influence
  • Laboratory in Comparative Brain Connectivity
  • Neuroscience of Sport and Exercise
  • Personality Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology of Good and Evil
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Career Pathways

Recent Theses

  • Serial Position Learning in Honeybees
  • Synchrony Between a Mother-Calf Pair of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Rhythm Discrimination in the Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Academic Satisfaction in College Students and Relatedness to Instructors, Parents, and Peers
  • Holding one’s own: The neural correlates of embodiment integrity in the face of multimodal mismatch
  • Motivation and physical activity across the menstrual cycle
  • An Illustrated Guide to (some of) the Neuroscience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • The Perception of Value: Affect, Physiology, and the Role of Reenactment
  • The effectiveness of emotional support animals at alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety in college students living on a residential campus
  • Emotional regulation and gender: Physiological and psychological responses to emotionally power music.
  • Premenstrual symptoms and the roles of emotion regulation, body awareness, and cortisol reactivity.
  • Adverse childhood experiences and the neuroimaging correlates of executive functioning: An fNIRS study.

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Social Science 102

Psychology Faculty

Dr. Michelle Barton

Associate Professor of Psychology

Charlene Callahan

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Provost Emerita

Dr. Kathleen Casto

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Peter Cook

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Catherine Cottrell

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Steven Graham

Associate Professor of Psychology

Heidi Harley

Professor of Psychology/ Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair

Director Environmental Studies Program

Charlene Callahan

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Provost Emerita