How does your political and societal understanding of the world shape your goals and motivations? At the MAGIC Lab, Dr. Kristin Laurin explores the complex relationship between motivations and beliefs, connecting the dots between goal pursuits to areas like religious belief systems, political ideologies, moral codes and more.
The PhD program's instruction is established on the principle that the study of human behavior should include a comprehensive consideration of body, brain, social, and developmental processes. The curriculum upholds this belief with the help of two training grants. Under the Brain, Body, and Behavior training curriculum, students gain the biomedical knowledge necessary to study behavioral and mental health as members of an interdisciplinary research team. Under the Training in Cognitive Aging in a Social Context curriculum, students focus on adult development and aging by blending cognitive and social perspectives. Both curricula challenge our doctoral students to become excellent psychological science leaders in their field, whether in an academic or applied research setting.