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 have been unrecognizable to the generations alive a century ago. No matter how great our imagination, it is near impossible 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 epi-center of this dynamic world, creating both impediments to change and the 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, by changing how people view, think about and interact with their environment, as well as changing the environment itself, to create a better society for all.
Psychological Science scholars and practitioners can use the principles and methods of our discipline to:
- generate reliable predictions about how individuals might act, for instance, in response to a crisis or natural disaster;
- produce effective interventions, such as better educational training or mental health treatments;
- improve the design of human-centered systems that pervade our daily lives, for example, that reduce human error and save lives; and
- improve public policies that govern the quality of life of our citizens more broadly.
Put simply, progress and positive change depends 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.
News and Announcements
Ed Psych Society event on March 11
The Educational Psychology Society will be hosting Angela Vaughan (Director of UNIV 101 at UNC) on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30pm in McKee 20. Come to hear her discuss what you need to know before your first job.
Psi Chi Donation Drive
Psi Chi Honor Society at UNC is hosting a donation drive for the homeless. Between March 9 and March 30th, clothing (including professional wear) and non-perishable food items can be dropped off in donation boxes set up in the main lobby for Psychological Sciences in McKee 14 (on the lower level of McKee Hall). Donations will support homeless clients in Boulder, CO. For more information, email Psi Chi.
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.