A neuropsychology major could provide a path to a career in social psychology, according to a new graduate degree from University of Southern California.
The school announced on Thursday the first neuropsychological degree program in the United States, offering students the opportunity to master a wide range of topics in the field.
The program was created by the Department of Psychology and the Department on the Edge to bring together diverse experts in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, and social psychology.
“We’ve worked with universities around the country to bring neuropsychologists together and create programs like this,” said Mary Beth Dyson, a graduate student in psychology at USC.
“This is a great example of a field we are proud to be a part of,” Dyson added.
The neuropsychologist-in-residence program at USC aims to bring more of the neuroscience-focused disciplines of neuroimaging and behavioral science into the field of social psychology by offering students an opportunity to develop a broad perspective on social behavior.
The program is one of the first of its kind in the country, and is expected to grow.
It will be offered in conjunction with the Department at the Edge.
The Department on The Edge, which is a nonprofit research institute, will oversee the program.
“The Department of Social Psychology is very proud of the research and the graduate degree program it is bringing to the university,” said Sarah Bier, the director of the department.
“The program provides a tremendous opportunity to learn and advance our understanding of the brain and psychology.”
The neuroscientist-in the-residency program at the Department offers students an educational opportunity to work with researchers in the area of neuroscience and behavioral sciences to explore the neurobiology of human social behavior, which includes understanding how human behavior is influenced by social environment.
This unique program is a major step forward in the neuropsychiatry field, said Dr. Michael C. O’Malley, the university’s associate vice chancellor for research.
“With this program, students will be able to enter a new world of research and develop their own perspectives on how the brain influences our social behavior,” he said.
The Department on Both the Edge and the USC School of Medicine will also sponsor the program and coordinate with the University of California at Los Angeles, where neuropsychiatric research is centered, to plan the curriculum.
“As the first graduate neuropsycholys degree program for neuroscience, we are taking this opportunity to showcase the strengths of the Department and to show that this is a good opportunity for graduate students to become part of a research community,” said Dr, Daniel A. Breslow, the dean of the USC school of medicine.
“In our field, we recognize that neuroscience is the key to understanding human behavior, and the first step in our quest to understand human behavior,” Breslow added.
“Our neuroscientists are already working to find solutions to some of the biggest societal challenges in our world.”
This is not the first time a neuroscience degree program has been offered at USC, and its first is not likely to be the last.
A number of other neuroscience graduate programs have opened in recent years, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The department also has a neuroscience program in its program of study that focuses on neuroimmunology and neuroscience-based research.
In the first semester of 2018, the department added a new major in the department’s department of psychology, offering neuroscientism to the undergraduate program.
The new major is called “The Neurobiology of the Self” and is a continuation of the Neuroscience of the Brain program that was created in 2013.