Psychologists help people make meaning of the world by studying human behavior and our interactions in the environments where we live, learn and work.

Psychology’s Impact

The way we perceive ourselves in relation to the rest of the world influences our behaviors and our beliefs. The dynamics of psychology — cognition, perception, learning, emotion, attitudes and relationships — all play a significant role in how humans see themselves and the many elements in their environment. 

Psychologists study how human behavior — from interpersonal relationships to recycling — affects our world. They study all aspects of the ways that psychology can improve our interactions with other people, places and things. Their research on human behavior can include issues as wide-ranging as prejudice, romantic attraction, persuasion, friendship, conformity, group interaction, learning, urban and city planning, environmental design, the influence of different environments on loneliness and stress, environmental health, and human responses to natural and technological hazards.

Subfields

Quantitative Psychology Designs Research Methods to Test Complex Issues

Quantitative Psychology

Quantitative psychologists study and develop the methods and techniques used to measure human behavior and other attributes. Their work involves the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes, the design of research studies and the analysis of psychological data.
Social Psychology Examines the Influence of Interpersonal and Group Relationships

Social Psychology

Social psychologists use psychological science to understand how we perceive ourselves in relation to the rest of the world and how this perception affects our choices, behaviors and beliefs.