PSY student from Exec. Summary


The Department of Psychological Sciences pushes the boundaries of psychological knowledge and discovery through studying a wide range of topics, from the neural basis of behavior to interpersonal interactions and relationships. In addition to our graduate research training areas, faculty have particular strengths in research topics that stretch beyond any one training area.

Bridge Topics

Diversity and Inclusion

Faculty who study diversity and inclusion in the Department of Psychological Sciences focus on the ways in which people are similar and different as well as the processes by which individuals accept and reject others in a number of different settings.

Individual Differences

To help explain behavioral differences, researchers study individual differences in humans and animals alike, both on their own and as mediators of behavior.

Learning and Memory

Faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences examine the various factors related to learning and memory across a wide range of topics, including language and cognitive development, task switching and sleep and dreams.

Maladaptive Behavior

Researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences have interests and expertise across a variety of maladaptive behaviors, including interpersonal violence, addictions, depression, eating disorders, discrimination, bias, overeating and more.

Ingestive Behavior

Faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences aim to understand the ways in which physiological, nutritional, developmental, genetic, sensory, experiential and psychological factors are associated with appetite and eating behaviors in humans and animals.

Perception and Performance

To better understand how we perceive the world around us, faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences investigate factors related to attention, understanding, human senses and more.

Social Relationships

Faculty study a variety of topics centered around social relationships, including aggression, attraction and love, social influence, attitudes and attitude change, nonverbal communication, social influence and moral reasoning.

Research Labs/Centers

Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL)

CEREBBRAL leverages strong collaborations between basic and applied scientists to answer big questions about how to improve quality of life — not just extend it — and how to predict disease- and aging-related declines in large populations.

Purdue Autism Research Center

The Purdue Autism Research Center was established as an interdisciplinary and highly coordinated effort to understand, assess and treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using biological, genetic, behavioral and applied approaches.

Faculty by Research Area

Clinical Psychological Sciences