Welcome to Psychology at Georgia Tech.

Psychology is generally defined as the science of mind and behavior, and therefore psychology can easily be seen as the primary science of who we are as active, agentic human beings. Other social and behavioral sciences study human outcroppings, the social structures created by humans or the artifacts created and deposited by humans over time, as examples. Life sciences study the mechanisms that support human life. Only psychology focuses its scientific lens on the human being as the being we understand ourselves to be. As a science we’re a young field, not more than 150 years old. But the fundamental questions of psychology, questions about thinking and feeling, about people’s innate capacities to adapt to and create the world they live in, these questions are the enduring questions of humankind. Our science is the science of ourselves.

Here at Georgia Tech we do research at the forefront of that science and apply that research to important problems of everyday life. We are committed to sharing our knowledge and excitement about psychology with every student or colleague who comes our way.

As most websites do, our website will give you the information you need to become a major, to apply to our graduate program or to contact faculty and staff. But we also hope it will do something more. We hope it will teach you something about the exciting field of psychology by exposing you to the varied and creative research being done by our faculty and students. On our website you’ll learn about research on spatial memory and age related cognitive declines in aging adults, about psychological processes involved in the acquisition of sign language, about emotional experiences in the workplace, about neural processes of memory, about humans interacting with technology, and about many other fascinating topics of human nature.

We hope that by helping you explore some of the research problems we find interesting you’ll become as excited about the future of psychology as we are.

Howard M. Weiss
Professor and School Chair

Recent Grants, Awards, and Honors

Recent Grants, Faculty and Student Awards and Honors from the Georgia Tech School of Psychology

Recent Notable Publications

Recent Notable Publications from the Georgia Tech School of Psychology

News and Notes

  • A Solar Sensation Over Campus

    When students arrive at Georgia Tech for the first day of fall classes on Aug. 21, 2017, a special treat awaits them: a mid-afternoon solar eclipse. Given good weather, special eclipse-related events planned for the Tech community will be held by Kessler Campanile. 

  • Eclipses as Special Effects in Storytelling

    Total solar eclipses are dramatic phenomena in real life, and they've inspired writers and other artists over the years to use them in their storytelling. Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Professor Lisa Yaszek gives her take on famous uses of solar eclipses in popular culture.

  • Searching for Science in the Solar Darkness

    For hundreds of years, scientists and historians have used solar eclipses to learn more about the nature of the sun and how it effects Earth. That will continue on Aug. 21, 2017, with Georgia Tech researchers joining the search for answers as the path of a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S. 

  • How to Watch the Solar Eclipse at Georgia Tech

    The skies over Georgia Tech will be at 97 percent darkness during the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Watfching the spectacle will require special eclipse-viewin glasses, but you'll also want to notice the changes in the environment around you as the skies get darker during this rare celestial event.

  • B.S. in Neuroscience Takes Off at Georgia Tech

    When Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences created a prospectus for a new Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, it estimated 25 to 50 students would enroll the first year. Wrong. Since the new degree program was approved by the Board of Regents on Valentine’s Day 2017, more than 145 students have signed on.