Social Psychology Research
The Social Psychology concentration emphasizes research training above all other goals.
Our award-winning faculty and graduate students conduct both basic and applied empirical research with a variety of populations, including college students, community adults, schoolchildren and medical patients.
Researchers in the program use a range of technologies, including fMRI, EEG/ERP and eye-tracking, along with computer-based and smartphone-based methods. Topics addressed include:
- The influence of emotions on self-judgments
- The role of mindfulness in psychological and social well-being
- How implicit attitudes affect decision-making
- Alcohol use and aggression
- Close relationship processes
VCU is a highly collaborative environment, and students have abundant opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty in the other psychology programs, as well as with:
- The high-profile Spit for Science project
- The College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute
- The Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
- The Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging facility
Whether a social program student is interested in social or emotional development, social health phenomena, genetics, or brain science, there are potential collaborative relationships waiting to happen.