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The Department of Psychology at Smith is housed in Bass Hall, with state-of-the-art laboratories and work areas. These include:


Statistics and Experimental Psychology

In the basement of Bass Hall, there are general laboratories for Statistics and Experimental Psychology. The statistics laboratory is equipped with Macintosh computers that are also used in courses such as Cognitive Psychology and Perception. On this floor too are laboratories for Physiological Psychology and Psychophysiology.

Cognitive Psychology, Language Acquisition, Comparative Psychology and Psychology of Women

On the second floor of Bass Hall are the laboratories for Cognitive Psychology, Language Acquisition, Comparative Psychology and Psychology of Women. In addition, a well-equipped video analysis facility exists for viewing, transcribing and editing videotapes. Workspace for honors students is also to be found on the second floor.


The third floor of Bass Hall contains extensive laboratories for research in Social Psychology, Personality, Perception, Psychophysiology, and Child Clinical.

Additional Laboratories

The department also has specialized facilities and Laboratories for multimedia production, computer graphics, Web design and microscopy.

Equipment includes: Brightfield, Darkfield, Differential Interference Contrast (DIC), Phase Contrast and Fluorescent Microscope, Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (LSCM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

Science Library

On the first floor of Bass Hall, the Science Library is a richly equipped library for students of psychology, including an excellent collection of both books and journals. Computerized literature searching is also available.

Seminar Room/Lounge

On the fourth floor there is a comfortable seminar room/lounge named in memory of former student Gale Curtis.

Science Center Animal Quarters

The Science Center Animal Quarters is located in the basement of Sabin-Reed. Several species of small laboratory animals are maintained there, and laboratory space for behavioral experiments adjoins that space.

Smith College Campus School

Students of child development and language acquisition will have the opportunity to observe and conduct approved studies with children in the preschool (Fort Hill), the grade school (Gill Hall) and the Center for Educational Center for Education.