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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.
Professor & Chair
News and Notes
The College of Sciences welcomes seven members of faculty who joined in 2019. They include Susan Lozier, the new dean, Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair, and professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Six others joined the Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Psychology, as well as the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience.
School of Psychology Professor Christopher Hertzog and Senior Research Scientist Ann Pearman Awarded R21 National Institute of Aging Grant
Two-Year R21 grant to develop apps for measuring everyday memory failures using ecological momentary assessment and then using this procedure to evaluate effectiveness of an intervention to improve everyday memory. The second study (Year 2) is being registered as an NIH Clinical Trial.
Supported by the expertise of USG Centers for Teaching and Learning, the Chancellor’s Learning Scholars will facilitate Faculty Learning Communities on their respective campuses.
Manipulating the Visibility of Barriers to Improve Spatial Navigation Efficiency and Cognitive Mapping
“Can we improve cognitive mapping with virtual reality? Environmental barrier visibility is a big factor, and a good target – at least for people with the right psychological traits”
Studies using rats have shown that navigation in open environments creates a honeycomb-like grid of brain activity. When barriers are present, the neural map breaks into fragments, each mapping only the space between the barriers. Does the same thing happen in humans? If so, our brains needing to piece together different maps could explain why we struggle to point accurately between two locations separated by barriers
The College of Sciences welcomed two development professionals early this month. Courtney Ferencik is the new director of development, and Erin Green is the College’s first development associate. Both started in their new roles on August 1.
Incoming President Ángel Cabrera he addresses the campus for the first time.
Frontiers in Science Lecture celebrating the periodic table, with Monica Halka, Georgia Tech Honors Program
Join the hunt for elements associated with campus buildings and win fabulous prizes!