Psychology is the branch of knowledge concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. Modern psychology is rooted in a variety of traditions including philosophy, medicine, and biology, and therefore covers a wide area of study and involves a great diversity of activities. It is an academic discipline with a long and productive tradition of scholarship and scientific research. It also is a profession that conducts and applies the products of research in the arena of human services. In addition, fields such as education, law, medicine, social services, management, advertising, industrial engineering, environmental design, and public administration draw upon psychological principles.
Psychology examines behavior and mental processes at a variety of levels from the molecular (e.g., the role of particular chemicals in brain function) to the global (e.g., the role of cultural factors in promoting achievement motivation). Students of psychology have the opportunity to learn how people sense and perceive their environment, process and remember information, experience emotions, and cope with the difficulties they encounter. In addition, they learn how all of these processes vary from person to person, from age to age, and from one social context to another. Through an understanding of basic mental processes, a deeper understanding of people's problems and procedures for dealing with these problems can be gained.
Department News and Events
Candice Mayer of UM-Flint Psychology has been awarded the 2015 Raphelson Prize, a faculty-selected award that honors excellent research and writing by a psychology student. Her winning paper was titled, “Ethical Perceptions Regarding Research Participation.”
Dr. Jones will speak from his experience with trauma following disasters such as hurricane Katrina. More recently he and his students at the Stress and Coping Lab have been engaged in a program of research investigating the mental health impact of the shootings at Virginia Tech. Following his talk he will lead a discussion on college life as well as pathways to careers in psychology.
Winter 2015 Honors Recognition
Students graduating this semester with honors received their honor cords in a ceremony conducted by Dr. Albert Price, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Pictured are the Psychology majors who were recognized.
Dr. Jeannette Stein, UM-Flint Associate Professor of Psychology and a Regional Representative for the Midwestern Psychological Association, will travel with ten UM-Flint Psychology majors to the annual MPA meeting in Chicago, IL, from April 30-May 2. While there, the students will present research born out of their required capstone research projects. Says Dr. Stein, “These students however went beyond course requirements and will truly complete the research process by reporting their results to the larger scientific community.”
Dr. Nathaniel Miller of the College of Arts and Sciences' Psychology Department is working with two undergraduate research assistants to study the effects of exercise on symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Part of the research takes place within the nationwide Pedaling for Parkinson's program.
Psychology Department at UM-Flint—The Dr. Harriet M. Wall Lecture Series
Dr. Harriet M. Wall established a lecture series at the time of her retirement from the University of Michigan- Flint. Dr. Wall had a long and productive career at UM-Flint – she began as an assistant professor in 1972, and moved through the ranks to become an Associate and Full Professor, department chairperson, director of Research, and Interim Dean of the College and Arts and Sciences before her retirement in 2004. Dr. Wall taught a broad range of courses, supervised many research projects, was the Psi Chi Advisor, and was the resident expert in sensation and perception and statistics during her tenure on campus.
Now in its 10th year, The Wall Lecture is a forum for sharing cutting edge, sometimes controversial developments in psychology—over the years we’ve had experts present their work in areas ranging from laboratory-based experimental psychology to best practices in clinical/community psychology.
Stay tuned for Wall Lecture Series events.