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Research Themes & Resources


Research and training in neuroscience is a central strategic goal of the Penn State Psychology Department, and neuroscience methods are used by researchers distributed across graduate program areas.

Context and Culture

The role of context and culture in psychology processes is a major research theme in the Psychology Department, reflecting the department’s standingcommitment to diversity as an area of research and aspect of practice.

Social Inequality

Penn State’s Psychology Department recognizes the importance of using psychological approaches to better understand why social inequalities exist and toprovide interventions grounded in psychology theory.

Translational and Collaborative Research

Research in the Psychology Department is frequently collaborative and interdisciplinary, and often emphasizes translation of researchfindings to real-world situations.

Quantitative Methods

The Psychology Department has a strategic focus on training in advanced methodology, especially quantitative methods. A wide variety of resources forsuch training is available.

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