Exploring the Mysteries of the Human Mind and Brain

The world around us is constantly changing, civil issues are ever evolving, and the pace of technological advancement is increasing. Daily life in the 21st century would been unrecognizable to generations alive a century ago and, arguably, it is now even more difficult for the current generation to envision what life will be like a century from now. But one thing is constant. Human beings are at the epicenter of this dynamic world, creating both the impediments to and impetus for progress itself, as well as the inescapable and lasting impacts of change on society.

Psychological Science—the study of mental life and human behavior in context—is central to understanding individual and collective humanity in today’s society, especially how we are affected by, cope with, and adapt to the complexities of living in a modern world. Perhaps as importantly, the development of use-inspired theories of Psychological Science can help us address numerous societal challenges, not only by changing how people view, think about and interact with their environment, but by changing the environment itself, to create a better society for us all.  

Psychological Science scholars and practitioners can use the principles and methods of our discipline to:

  1. generate more reliable predictions about how individuals might act in a given situation, for instance, in response to a crisis or natural disaster;
  2. produce more effective interventions, such as better educational training or mental health treatments;
  3. improve the design of human-centered systems that pervade our daily lives, especially those that reduce human error and save lives; and
  4. change public policies that govern the quality of life of our citizens more broadly.

Put simply, progress and positive change depend on our understanding of Psychological Science. At UNC, you will learn how to use the science and practice of Psychology to make a difference, and change the world.

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Dynamics of College Student Marijuana Use

Dr. Kristina Phillips and Dr. Michael Phillips have been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project title is: Understanding the Dynamics of College Student Marijuana Use: A Study using EMA.

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UNC Graduate Student's Coursework Leads to Plan for New K-6 School

Dr. Kevin Pugh requires graduate students in his Educational Psychology course to develop a proposal for a new school and then present to the class as if they're applying for consideration to school districts. For the first time, a former doctoral student, Courtney Luce, is trying to make her concept a reality. Luce hopes to create a new K-6 school in Greeley for students who don't necessarily thrive in a traditional classroom structure.

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