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Psychology (Brain and Behavior) - Doctorate

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USM Psychology Brain and Behavior program

The Brain and Behavior program offers research training in experimental psychology across several areas in cognitive, social, and quantitative psychology. Our faculty research a diverse range of topics and theories united around the goal of understanding behavior and mental processes. We maintain an integrative program that prepares students for careers in psychological science by offering hands-on experience in experimental and quantitative methods. Interested students should contact B&B faculty about opportunities to join our program.

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4 year Ph.D. Program
100%of admitted students receive funding
6students admitted annually

Why B&B?

The Psychology Brain and Behavior program prepares students to employ varied methods and orientations for understanding human behavior.

  • Cognitive psychology emphases include research in perception, attention, language, and memory.
  • Social psychology areas include research in evolutionary, cultural, health, and political psychology.
  • Research labs maintain active collaboration with other programs at USM and abroad.
  • Students and faculty actively publish and contribute to our field’s understanding of the science of behavior.
  • Faculty and students use cutting edge research instruments (virtual reality headsets, motion tracking, eye tracking)

Brain & Behavior Faculty at a Glance

Cohort sizes are small, allowing for high quality mentorship. Faculty members invest significant time to ensure doctoral graduates are well-trained experts in psychological science. This includes coursework taught by experts in the subject area and research mentorship provided through a research team model, which includes graduate and undergraduate students who participate in publications and presentations. All faculty have active research agendas, and many provide weekly lab meetings, workshops, and tutorials in their area of expertise


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Psychology (Brain and Behavior) PhDHattiesburg

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