Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology provides the opportunity to study for a master's degree, majoring in psychology, to study psychology as a minor subject, and to pursue postgraduate studies for licentiate and doctoral degrees. The education is particularly oriented towards the fields of personality and social psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical psychology. Training and teaching for the various degrees is planned and implemented in collaboration with Psykonet, a network connecting all the university departments of psychology in Finland.
The research themes at the Department relate to human development, learning, and psychological interventions. The research group on Human Development and its Risk Factors has been nominated as a national centre of excellence for the years 1997 - 2005.
The centre of excellence Learning and Motivation, has been nominated from the beginning of the year 2006. The research programmes include the study of motivation, lifetime personality development, and the study of learning difficulties from the perspectives of early language acquisition and developmental neuropsychology. The biological basis of learning is another central topic. In the study of psychological interventions, the focus is on interactional foundations of therapeutic processes.
There is a Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre at the Department. The Department cooperates closely with the Niilo Mäki Institute, a centre for the research and assessment of learning disabilities. It also has joint research activities with the Family Research Centre, the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Gerontology, and the Child Research Centre.