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The major areas of psychology represented in the department are:
  1. Perception, Cognition and Development
  2. Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience
  3. Social and Personality Psychology

The dominant intellectual focus of the study of Psychology at Cornell is one that approaches psychology as an experimental science. Historically, there are strong associations with a functional approach to psychology emphasizing perceptual, cognitive, biological or social processes in real-world (ecologically valid) contexts. Most faculty have strong working relationships with other disciplines (departments, programs, and fields) such as biology, linguistics, human ecology, or management; formal connections with the Cognitive Science Program, the Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, and the Department and Field of Neurobiology and Behavior are particularly important.

The physical resources available for faculty and students are substantial in the Department of Psychology, including excellent research space and laboratory equipment, one of the largest university supercomputer complexes in the country, an outstanding library system, and a highly skilled support staff that can provide extensive aid.

In addition to the laboratory space and equipment of individual faculty members, there are several facilities available for use by Psychology faculty and students, including animal housing rooms, meeting current animal welfare standards, histological and chemical preparation rooms, a Social Psychology Laboratory, and a Human Experimental Psychology Laboratory, an extensive array of input and output devices for research in cognition, perception, and social behavior and laboratory-oriented software to support such research. The computer facilities at Cornell, both within the Psychology Department and beyond, are state of the art.

Cornell University Library is among the ten largest academic research libraries in North America. The university's twenty libraries contain over 7 million volumes, more than 60,000 periodical subscriptions, and extensive microform holdings, and also house manuscripts, rare books, and special collections. More than 200,000 new volumes are acquired each year. For the past decade, the library has also developed extensive collections of digital resources. This rapidly growing genre now includes thousands of current periodical titles, extensive collections of primary texts, digital images of fine artworks from around the globe, statistical data files, and hundreds of indexes, abstracts, and search tools.

Computing at Cornell is an integral part of academic life. Cornell University pursues a selective "early adopter" strategy for its information technology environment. Cornell Information Technologies (CIT), Cornell's central information technology organization, focuses on the quality infrastructure and services that faculty and students expect to find at a premier research university.