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Emeriti: (Professors) Albert Bandura, Gordon H. Bower, Lyn K. Carlsmith, John H. Flavell, Albert H. Hastorf, Leonard M. Horowitz, Eleanor E. Maccoby, David Rosenhan, Roger N. Shepard, Claude Steele, Barbara Tversky, Philip G. Zimbardo

Chair: James L. McClelland

Professors: Nalini Ambady, Laura L. Carstensen, Herbert H. Clark, Geoffrey Cohen, Carol Dweck, Ian H. Gotlib, James J. Gross, John D. Krumboltz, Mark R. Lepper, Ellen M. Markman, Hazel R. Markus, James L. McClelland, Dale Miller, Lee D. Ross, Ewart A. C. Thomas, Anthony Wagner, Brian Wandell, Jeffrey J. Wine

Professor (Research): Anthony Norcia

Associate Professors: Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Anne Fernald, Kalanit Grill-Spector, Brian Knutson, Benoit Monin, Jeanne L. Tsai

Associate Professor (Teaching): Catherine Heaney

Assistant Professors: Lera Boroditsky, Michael Frank, Noah Goodman, Samuel M. McClure, Gregory M. Walton, Jamil Zaki

Lecturers: Amie Haas, Beverley Hartman, Jennifer Winters

Courtesy Professors: William C. Dement, Gary H. Glover, Jon Krosnick, Tanya Luhrmann, William T. Newsome, Anne C. Petersen

Department Offices: Jordan Hall, Building 420

Mail Code: 94305-2130

Department Phone: (650) 725-2400

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Psychology are listed under the subject code PSYCH on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The department, housed in Jordan Hall, maintains shop facilities and many computer-equipped laboratories. Bing Nursery School, located on campus at 850 Escondido Road, provides a laboratory for child observation, training in nursery school teaching, and research. It was constructed with funding from the National Science Foundation and a special grant from Mrs. Anna Bing Arnold and Dr. Peter Bing.

The department provides

Applications are not accepted for the master's degree except as noted below.


The mission of the undergraduate program in Psychology is to introduce students to the corpus of data on, and explanations of, human nature and behavior. Through the study of abnormal behavior, aging, child development, cognitive processes, decision making, emotion, group behavior, infancy, language, learning and memory, personality, social perception, visual perception, and other related topics, students are introduced to the properties of sensory, cognitive, and affective systems, and of their interrelationships to the reciprocal effects of one person on another and to the effects on behavior of the physical, social, and cultural environment. The major provides students with preparation for professional careers in computer science, business, counseling, education and law or medicine as well as for graduate work in Psychology.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of core knowledge within the discipline of psychology.
  2. the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.
  3. the ability to analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
  4. the ability to evaluate theory and critique research within the discipline of psychology.

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