Psychology + Neuroscience

Explore the anatomy and inner workings of the brain, learn about cutting edge treatments for mental illness, and use psychological theory to design, test and run an experiment that investigates human behavior.

From avatar therapy to building better business brands to refining pharmacological treatment of mental health through genetic markers, explore the vast applications of psychology and neuroscience that influence the way we work, live and interact with one another. We’ll dive into the interactions between psychology and neuroscience and foundational questions such as what is the biological basis of human behavior, for our emotions, reactions and memories? How does the brain give rise to the mind? How does therapy change not only how we think and feel, but also change the structures of our brain?

The COVID -19 pandemic has exposed just how important positive social interaction is to maintaining overall health and mental wellness. As part of an extended case study, examine current research on the impacts of restricted social interaction including anxiety, depression and trauma and discuss current therapy models used to help patients improve their overall mental health. Connect with professionals in a range of careers that utilize a background in psychology and neuroscience. Under the direction of medical professionals, learn to read head CT scans and examine images such as MRIs to diagnose a range of neurological conditions. In a simulation, take on the role of a Criminal Forensic Psychologist and offer expert testimony in defense of a client who claims to have made a false confession.


For the culminating project, develop an original research question and design an experiment that investigates human behavior. Collect and analyze data and present to a panel of clinical professionals at the end-of-session symposium. In EXPLO’s Psychology + Neuroscience Concentration, start to make sense of the complexities of the neural network that keeps our bodies functioning and explore the aspects of human behavior that light you up.


COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Brain Dissection

Dissect a brain in a session led by a neuroscientist.

College Admissions + Research Opportunities

Hear from program advisors and admission officers in psychology and neuroscience departments. Get advice on how to prepare for and apply to competitive programs and learn about exciting research opportunities that will open your eyes to the vast applications and areas of study related to psychology and neuroscience.

Conduct Research + Present

Complete an original research project and present your findings in our end-of-session, Brain Summit Symposium. Professional clinicians will hear presentations and provide feedback.

EEG Technology with Sam Effarah, Ph.D.

Dr. Effarah is a renowned clinician in Chicago, specializing in Neurofeedback and Quantitative EEG. Interpret EEG readings with Dr. Effarah, discuss how scans are being used in determining treatment protocols and other applications of EEG technology in research and patient treatment.

Participate in Ongoing Research

Participate in an active research study and compare your results to previous participants.

Trips

Past trips have included visits to research labs and simulation training centers where students gain hands-on access to the latest in brain imaging technology and therapy solutions including virtual reality and google glasses and fMRI and EEG imaging.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Explore the latest technology applications such as VR exposure therapy used to diagnose and treat PTSD and anxiety and neuro-assistive devices that help children manage the challenges and features of autism.



Past expert sessions have included Dr. Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality and Ned Sahin, CEO of Brain Power, LLC.

World-Class Industry Experts

Connect with some of the most influential researchers in psychology + neuroscience and learn more about academic preparation and experiential pathways to help prepare you for exciting careers in fields such as clinical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, criminal and organizational psychology and more.



Example past speaker: Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Brain Dissection

Dissect a brain in a session led by a neuroscientist.

College Admissions + Research Opportunities

Hear from program advisors and admission officers in psychology and neuroscience departments. Get advice on how to prepare for and apply to competitive programs and learn about exciting research opportunities that will open your eyes to the vast applications and areas of study related to psychology and neuroscience.

Conduct Research + Present

Complete an original research project and present your findings in our end-of-session, Brain Summit Symposium. Professional clinicians will hear presentations and provide feedback.

EEG Technology with Sam Effarah, Ph.D.

Dr. Effarah is a renowned clinician in Chicago, specializing in Neurofeedback and Quantitative EEG. Interpret EEG readings with Dr. Effarah, discuss how scans are being used in determining treatment protocols and other applications of EEG technology in research and patient treatment.

Participate in Ongoing Research

Participate in an active research study and compare your results to previous participants.

Trips

Past trips have included visits to research labs and simulation training centers where students gain hands-on access to the latest in brain imaging technology and therapy solutions including virtual reality and google glasses and fMRI and EEG imaging.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Explore the latest technology applications such as VR exposure therapy used to diagnose and treat PTSD and anxiety and neuro-assistive devices that help children manage the challenges and features of autism.



Past expert sessions have included Dr. Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality and Ned Sahin, CEO of Brain Power, LLC.

World-Class Industry Experts

Connect with some of the most influential researchers in psychology + neuroscience and learn more about academic preparation and experiential pathways to help prepare you for exciting careers in fields such as clinical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, criminal and organizational psychology and more.



Example past speaker: Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

AT EXPLO, LEARNING IS MORE
THAN JUST HANDS-ON.

IT’S ALL IN.

Get out of the classroom and into the real world.

Immersive projects, expert professionals, career connections — every day at
EXPLO is packed with opportunities to explore the world of people and ideas.

“Psychology and neuroscience are not subjects available to me at my school. The resources this program offered, especially the variety of guest speakers who shared their most valuable work with us, would never have been available to me if I had tried to learn about these fields on my own. I know now that there are countless opportunities and career options in this field.”

– EXPLO Student

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