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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, Experimental Psychology, Health Psychology, and Psychophysiology

In the basement of Bass Hall, there are general laboratories for Statistics and Experimental Psychology. The statistics laboratory is equipped with computers (with dual Windows and Mac OS capabilities) that are also used in courses such as Cognitive Psychology and Perception. On this floor too are laboratories for Health Psychology and Psychophysiology.

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

On the second floor of Bass Hall are the laboratories for Cognitive Psychology, Language Acquisition, Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Women. In addition, a well-equipped video analysis facility exists for viewing, transcribing, and editing video recordings of behavior.

Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, and Clinical Psychology

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

Additional Equipment

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.