What is Psychology?

Jacqueline Szabat UB Celebration of Academic Excellence

Psychology student Jacqueline Szabat presents at the UB Celebration of Academic Excellence 

Psychology is the study of all aspects of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists study a wide variety of topics such as how the brain works, how behavior can become disordered, how our memory is organized, how we process information and regulate behavior, how people relate to each other, and how children develop and learn about the world.

A Diverse, Interdisciplinary Field

Psychology also has many applications, such as the assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders, analyses of behavior in school and work settings, and the enhancement of the mental and physical well-being of people.

Psychology includes research on things as basic as receptors in the brain all the way up to public policy – and everything in between. Because it is so diverse, everyone can find something in psychology that is of interest.

Psychology has links to the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the biomedical sciences and leads to a variety of career opportunities. Professional psychologists work in many areas including clinical psychology, health psychology, educational psychology, organizational psychology, forensic psychology, management, sports psychology and counseling psychology.

What Do Our Faculty Research?

Psychology students

Psychology students Maria Ng (left) and Savitoj Kaur

Mouse in Prof. Dent's Lab

Research in Prof. Micheal Dent's lab investigates how animals communicate

Why Did You Choose Psychology?

  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology provided me with a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the human mind and human behavior, and taught me different ways to solve problems.”
  • 6/18/18
    “Not every psychology major goes on to be a psychologist or researcher—there is such a broad range of paths graduates can take.”
  • 6/18/18
    "I always felt at home in the research laboratory and each day left with a sense of fulfillment, knowing our strides were making a difference."