Explore the mysteries of the mind at the NSLC on Psychology & Neuroscience.

At the NSLC on Psychology & Neuroscience, you will delve into the science of the mind as you explore child development and personality types and learn to motivate others. Through clinical psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior.

Earn College Credit Hours

Program Highlights

Diagnose patients
Listen, assess, and suggest treatments for your patients during a clinical simulation.

Visit medical facilities
Interact with clinical psychologists and neurologists, researchers and medical students.

Hands-on workshops
Learn the science of neurotransmitters, compare scans of normal and abnormal brains, and examine the anatomy of the brain.

Hands-on Simulations

Through in-depth Psychology & Neuroscience workshops, you will discover how our senses influence memory, how chemicals and drugs impact neural activity, the effect of aging on cognition, and how neurologists and psychologists use brain scans to diagnose psychological disorders.

Hands-on Neuroscience Workshops include:

  • Brain dissection (various types)
  • Memory and the Senses
  • Analyze real fMRI, CT, PET, EEG brain scans of normal and abnormal brains
  • Neurotransmitters’ effects on zebrafish

Psychology & Neuroscience Workshops include:

  • Social Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Memory & Learning
  • Stress, Coping, and Emotion
  • Understanding Human Behavior
  • Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Child Psychology

Meet Psychology & Neuroscience Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer psychology program, you will meet with and learn from professionals in the psychology and neuroscience communities. Guest speakers may include:

Dr. Kristi Graves
Clinical Psychologist, Georgetown University Medical Center

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D
Director, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Richard J. Hodes
Director, National Institute on Aging

Dr. E. Albert Reece
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, UMD Medical School

Dr. Eugene Major
Chief of the NIH Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience

Dr. Terry Davidson
Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Arthur C. Evans, PhD
CEO, American Psychological Association

Dr. Saul Levin, M.D.
CEO & Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Joshua Gordan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school summer psychology program is seeing the sites around one of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Psychology field. These trips may include:

  • F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services
  • FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Georgetown
  • Capitol Hill & the Smithsonian
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, the oldest & largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University
  • Historic Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
  • Harvard Square
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Belmont University, School of Psychological Sciences
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Riverboat Cruise
  • Science Museum (BodyQuest)

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Psychology & Neuroscience program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ethical Decision-Making

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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