Department of Psychology
About the Department
Psychology has been offered under the Liberal Arts Programme in Mary Immaculate College since 2002. Since then the Department has gone through a period of marked expansion with significant college investment in staff recruitment and student facilities. Both the BA Arts with Psychology and B.Ed in Education & Psychchology are accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
Students enrolled in the Major Psychology (Liberal Arts) and Education and Psychology (B.Ed) streams have access to the Department's dedicated computer lab, which features high performance networked PCs, psychometric instruments, specialist software, response pads and virtual lab software (Coglab and Sniffy the Virtual Rat).
A second dedicated facility provides testing rooms and one-way observation facilities. These testing rooms provide access to high performance networked PCs which run SuperLab 4.5 (and can be fitted with response pads) for design and conduct of experimental studies.
Another testing room is equipped with Laptops with Chart Software and can be connected to our PowerLab systems, which consist of equipment required to perform both introductory and advanced human physiology experiments (e.g EEG, ECG, GSR, etc).
PowerLab and EEG cap
Another dedicated facility is the Eye-tracking Lab where the department has two SMI Eye Trackers: an iView X HED for mobile eye-tracking and a RED 250 for remote eye tracking.
The college has made significant funds available to the Department to expand the library’s holdings of textbooks and journals and this process is on-going.
In April 2008, Mary Immaculate College saw its Student Psychological Society host The 30th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.