Welcome to Psychology at Georgia Tech.


Welcome to the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech. As you roam our webpage, you’ll notice that psychology at GaTech is rather unique in a number of ways.  You already know that we are embedded in one of the leading science and engineering institutions of higher education in the world.  Unlike many of our peers, our home college is the College of Science, which also houses the likes of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Math.   You’ll see we have a structure of 5 programs which include Industrial Organizational, Cognition and Brain Science, Cognitive Aging, Quantitative and Engineering Psychology that help us manage the research efforts and provide focused training to our graduate students, but I can tell you that all of the faculty move easily between areas.  Finally, you may notice that we are small, intentionally.  It allows us to focus our research and our training in a way that has made us exceptional.   

I hope you enjoy visiting us virtually, and hopefully someday in person.  The Faculty, Grad Students, Undergraduates, and Staff are eager to meet you. 



Frank Durso 

Professor & Chair 

News and Notes

  • Sexual pleasure might help us learn – if rats are any guide

    How do rats know when their partners are feeling amorous? One way female rats show they’re feeling frisky is to wiggle their ears – or rather, very rapidly shake their head, so that it looks like their ears are moving. So when Mary Holder, a neuroscientist working at the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech, sees lady rats wiggling their ears, she knows they’re ready to mate. To the casual observer, studying ear wiggling in rats might seem trivial, but rat sex is actually crucial in improving our understanding of sexual behaviors in mammals. 

    Salon, Jul 1, 2018

  • Secret of Old Age is Learning to Forget

    Scientists in the US and Canada have found the first evidence that even the expectation of something bad looming around the corner is enough to trigger a defence mechanism for suppressing negative emotions in people over 60.

  • I Saw That. Brain Mechanisms Create Confidence About Things Seen

    At the threshold of what we call consciousness is a brain function that makes you feel confidently aware that you are actually seeing what you see. Psychologists at Georgia Tech have observed a mechanism involved in making it work.


    A study by School of Psychology Assistant Professor Thackery Brown and colleagues shows that various regions of the brain process different types of autobiographical memories in different ways. The findings have implications for applying neuroscience techniques in society and understanding the impact of brain damage on memory loss.

  • Chris Stanzione Receives 2018 Eric R. Immel Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Named for the late Georgia Tech Professor of Mathematics Eric R. Immel, the award recognizes exemplary teaching in a foundational undergraduate course.


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