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Welcome to Psychology at Georgia Tech.
Psychology is generally defined as the science of mind and behavior, and therefore psychology can easily be seen as the primary science of who we are as active, agentic human beings. Other social and behavioral sciences study human outcroppings, the social structures created by humans or the artifacts created and deposited by humans over time, as examples. Life sciences study the mechanisms that support human life. Only psychology focuses its scientific lens on the human being as the being we understand ourselves to be. As a science we’re a young field, not more than 150 years old. But the fundamental questions of psychology, questions about thinking and feeling, about people’s innate capacities to adapt to and create the world they live in, these questions are the enduring questions of humankind. Our science is the science of ourselves.
Here at Georgia Tech we do research at the forefront of that science and apply that research to important problems of everyday life. We are committed to sharing our knowledge and excitement about psychology with every student or colleague who comes our way.
As most websites do, our website will give you the information you need to become a major, to apply to our graduate program or to contact faculty and staff. But we also hope it will do something more. We hope it will teach you something about the exciting field of psychology by exposing you to the varied and creative research being done by our faculty and students. On our website you’ll learn about research on spatial memory and age related cognitive declines in aging adults, about psychological processes involved in the acquisition of sign language, about emotional experiences in the workplace, about neural processes of memory, about humans interacting with technology, and about many other fascinating topics of human nature.
We hope that by helping you explore some of the research problems we find interesting you’ll become as excited about the future of psychology as we are.
Howard M. Weiss
Professor and School Chair
News and Notes
A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created an original music composition for Monday’s eclipse. The Georgia Tech Sonification Lab uses drums, synthesized tones and other sounds to symbolize the movements of the sun and moon and the gradual darkness they will produce during the August 21 event. The audio experience, which at times sounds both hopeful and ominous as it builds anticipation toward the moment of the total eclipse, includes several segments.
For hundreds of years, scientists and historians have used solar eclipses to learn more about the nature of the sun and how it effects Earth. That will continue on Aug. 21, 2017, with Georgia Tech researchers joining the search for answers as the path of a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S.
The skies over Georgia Tech will be at 97 percent darkness during the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Watfching the spectacle will require special eclipse-viewin glasses, but you'll also want to notice the changes in the environment around you as the skies get darker during this rare celestial event.
In exactly one week, the great American eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, will sweep across the U.S. The Georgia Tech campus has geared up for a safe and enjoyable eclipse experience, beginning with the distribution of solar-eclipse glasses.
A mini-exhibit to celebrate the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse is up for viewing at Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons from today until Aug. 31, 2017.
Learn more about solar eclipses from this exhibit at Clough
Experience this rare solar spectacle with the rest of the Georgia Tech community at Kessler Campanile
Experience Earth and its neighbors through sound.
School of Psychology professor will speak about the increasingly popular way to promote health and well-being.
Information session and tour for students interested in majoring in the College of Sciences