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Seven Areas of Research Excellence


The Psychology Department at Western has over 50 faculty members representing seven Areas of Research Excellence. They work with talented graduate and post-graduate students on cutting-edge questions about human and animal behavior. Undergraduate students in Psychology often participate in these exciting research programs. Click on Area Icons to find out more about ongoing research in each area.

bcn area

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
The study of genetic, neurological, and hormonal causes of behavior.

clinical area

Clinical
The study of the causes and treatments for abnormal behavior and health-related behavior.

cognition area

Cognition
The study of how information is perceived, stored, and processed and how language is used and understood.

developmental area

Developmental
The study of processes that explain changes in children’s thinking and behavior from infancy through adolescence.

io area

Industrial/Organizational
The study of worker and organizational characteristics that contribute to adjustment in the workplace.


personality area

Personality and Measurement
The study of individual differences in personality and intelligence and analysis of psychological data with the help of mathematical concepts and statistics.

social area

Social
The study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another.