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.

Program Highlights

Examine the brain
Dissect brain tissue and study fMRI, CT, and EEG scans to see the differences between standard and abnormal findings.

Human behavior workshops
Analyze how environmental factors and genetics inform everyday interactions.

Clinical diagnostics simulation
Throughout multiple patient visits, you'll learn how to ask the right questions, order the proper tests, and give an accurate diagnosis.

Medical facility visits
Get a glimpse of a future at medical school and talk with current students, researchers, and residents about their experiences.

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.

Examples of past guest speakers 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 and neuroscience fields.

These trips may include:

American University

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

Duke University

Duke Human Simulation & Patient Safety Center | UNC Clinical Skills & Patient Simulation Center | Franklin Street | North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

University of California, Berkeley

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital | The Exploratorium | Fisherman’s Wharf | Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. 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
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Durham, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.$3,895