Psychology at Oberlin is distinctive for its depth, variety, and research opportunities. This broad science field includes such subjects as biological, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as social perspectives on normal and abnormal behavior. Interdisciplinary in nature, it often serves as a gateway to other academic and professional programs. Discovery through psychological research is emphasized as students conduct experiential investigations in laboratory courses, participate actively in faculty projects, and engage in independent studies. In this rigorous degree, 80% of students conduct research outside the classroom.

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Psychology was my major while at Oberlin. The department equipped me with strong quantitative skills; taking advanced research methods classes and two full statistical research methods courses. I was also able to do much of my own research. I designed and ran a study on bodily awareness, that combined my interest for psychology and dance. That paper can be found below. I also did work designing a recycling contamination intervention for the city of Oberlin, and wrote a thesis on a conflict over aquaculture from a social psychological perspective. As I transition and look for jobs solving the environmental crisis, this couldn’t have prepared me better. I learned to think systematically and scientifically, I have a strong understanding of social psychology and I can use these psychological principles to effectively change behavior and solve problems.

My Work In Psychology

Here you can view the independent research project I conducted comparing bodily awareness between dance classes.

Here you can view a sample of the courses I took in the department, along with other science and research courses.

Along with independent research, I have gotten to do several supervised research projects. Here is an app for teenagers in chronic pain that I helped work on.

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