The psychology major at W&L emphasizes the scientific aspect of psychology. This means that in addition to the various content courses, students are encouraged to understand and "do" psychology by becoming involved in research. Many courses require students to design and run their own experiments, and students are encouraged to work with faculty members on their research, both during the school year and in the summer. This makes the program at W&L different from many larger schools, where research is only done by graduate students.
All psychology majors will write a research proposal for a senior thesis, and those taking the B.S. degree will actually collect and analyze data for their thesis. The opportunity to investigate psychological questions in the laboratory is a particular strength of the W&L program.
-- Dr. Robert Stewart, Department Head
- W&L Teaches "Science of the Brain" to Local Elementary Students
Keeping the interest of kindergarteners through second-graders at the end of a long day isn't easy. But an after-school program conducted at Rockbridge County's Central Elementary School succeeded in doing so, teaching them about parts of the brain, brain development, how the brain impacts behavior and how environment impacts the brain.
- Preeminent Philosopher Linda Martin Alcoff to Speak at W&L
Dr. Linda Martin Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will present the Root Lecture for 2014 at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 12, at 5:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
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Two student researchers and one alumnus at Washington and Lee University have won a Regional Research Award from Psi Chithe National Honor Society in Psychologyat the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA) National Conference.
- Eric Shuman Wins Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology
Eric Shuman, a Washington and Lee University senior, from Black Mountain, N.C., has received the 2013 David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology.
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Psychology professor Dan Johnson's research uses "nano-narratives" as a way to remember abstract concepts.