The Science of Psychology

Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 24–July 12, 2019
II - July 16–August 2, 2019
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Maria Anderson, Katie Insel, Michaela Porubanova

“I was simply surprised by the quality of the instructors and how excited I was about the material."  – Brooke S. | Raleigh, North Carolina

Course Description

This course is designed for students interested in the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of psychology, the science of mind and behavior. It examines this basic question: What influences human behavior? The course provides an overview of the diverse topics within psychology, including biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, sensation and perception, cognitive development, language acquisition, and personality and social influences on behavior. Special emphasis is placed on current psychology research and topics relevant to both individual experience and real-world events.

In addition to lectures, students participate in in-class experiments demonstrating key psychological phenomena. Working in teams, and under instructor supervision, students design, run, and present data from an original psychological experiment.

Laptops, while not required for this course, are highly recommended.


Maria Anderson

Dr. Maria Anderson is an assistant professor of biological psychology at Farmingdale State College and a researcher at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on the influence of lifestyle factors such as cardiovascular exercise and cognitive stimulation on the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. She holds a B.A in psychology, a B.A. in Italian language and literature, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in integrative neuroscience. In addition to conducting research, Maria teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Psychology, Biopsychology, and Learning and Behavior. 

Katie Insel

Katie Insel is a Ph.D. student in the department of psychology at Harvard University. Her research examines how the brain develops from adolescence through adulthood, and how ongoing brain maturation influences behavior in daily life. She studies how the teenage brain responds to incentives in the environment to guide goal-directed behavior such as self-control and learning. Katie received her B.A. in psychology from Columbia and her M.A. in psychology from Harvard. She has experience teaching college-level statistics, social psychology, and experimental methods. In addition, she has mentored numerous undergraduate and high school students in psychology and neuroscience research.

Michaela Porubanova

Dr. Michaela Porubanova is an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at The State University of New York, Farmingdale, where she also directs the Visual Cognition and Emotion Research Laboratory. Her research revolves around the role of emotion in visual attention and consciousness. She is a functionalist believing in the evolutionary shaping of our cognitive architecture. In addition to research, she has taught a large variety of classes topic-wise (cognition, consciousness, culture and cognition, the psychology of learning, independent research), location-wise (The Czech Republic, US, UK, Italy, Austria), and type-wise (face-to-face, hybrid, online).  

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Specific course detail such as hours and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.