The science of psychology is exploring how the mind works, evaluating how people learn, facilitating peak human performance and helping people make healthy lifestyle choices.

Psychology’s Impact

Psychologists use scientific research to better understand how people learn, interpret events and make decisions. They then translate that knowledge into techniques to help people make smarter choices in their daily lives.

Based on a deep knowledge of how lifestyles are affected by factors related to biology, mental processes, and social relationships and interactions, psychologists identify and help people overcome the obstacles that inhibit them from making better choices, from exercising more or working more efficiently to using technology safely. Psychologists use psychological science to help people tap into their potential and help them perform at an optimal level.

Subfields

Brain Science and Cognitive Psychology

Brain Science and Cognitive Psychology

Brain science and cognitive psychologists study how the human mind thinks, remembers and learns. They apply psychological science to understand how we make decisions and perceive our world.
Developmental psychologists focus on human growth and changes across the lifespan, including physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality and emotional growth.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychologists study how people grow and adapt over the course of their lives. They apply their research to help people overcome developmental challenges and reach their full potential.
Human Factors and Engineering Psychology

Human Factors and Engineering Psychology

Human factors and engineering psychologists strive to make everyday experiences easier, more comfortable and less frustrating by applying the psychological science of human behavior to the products, systems and devices we use every day.
Teaching and Learning Psychology

Psychology of Teaching and Learning

Psychologists working in education study how people learn and retain knowledge. They apply psychological science to improve the learning process and promote educational success for all students.
Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and performance psychologists use science to study human behavior and abilities in sport, exercise and performance. They help people overcome psychological barriers that can impede their achievements and professional success.