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    As scientists, experimental psychologists conduct research to help understand why people think, feel, and behave the way they do. As clinicians, counsellors, or other practitioners, psychologists apply scientific understanding toward helping individuals, institutions, and society deal with issues relating to human behaviour and happiness.

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    Our Department focuses on teaching, involving students in interdisciplinary research and the training of the next generation of behavioural and psychological scientists.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    Our graduate program introduces students to the current issues and questions in the field of experimental psychology. We work with both the theory behind and the research approaches used to study these problems.

  • Research Highlights

    Research Highlights

    Our researchers work in fields ranging from animal behaviour to neuroscience to evolution and social behaviour…

  • Independent Study/Thesis Supervision

    Independent Study/Thesis Supervision

    Find out more about supervisors and our courses, which are designed to give you hands-on experience.

  • Field Work

    Field Work

    Our research doesn’t just happen in the lab. We study in animal behaviour in the field too.


All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.



Our Department places an emphasis on teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary and hands-on research to train the next generation of brain scientists.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Explore our diverse programs and find the best path and tips for entry from either high school or Level I.

Research Areas

Research Areas

We explore the ways in which everything from neurons to individuals and societies develop, respond, learn and evolve

Graduate Handbook

Graduate Handbook

Our PNB Graduate Handbook is a wiki of important information for current and future graduate students, maintained by a group of our graduate students.

Latest News

Graduate Applications for entrance in September 2021 will open Oct. 15, 2020

Friday, 20 September 2019

Deadline for RCT Applicants is December 1, 2020 - Deadline for PNB Applicants is December 15, 2020 Read more

2019 CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

Monday, 27 May 2019

On May 24-25, 2019, high school students from across Canada came to McMaster University to compete for the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee championship. This... Read more

Studying how musicians communicate non-verbally during performance

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Researchers from PNB have found a way to measure the communication of emotion among musicians by analyzing their movements in detail. They have shown that... Read more

Congratulations to PNB’s Daphne Maurer

Friday, 30 November 2018

Daphne Maurer, professor emeritus and Distinguished University Professor, has been elected Fellow of the AAAS for her ground-breaking research on the development of vision in... Read more

Welcome to McMaster’s Canada 150 Research Chair

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour welcomes Jonathan Pruitt, McMaster’s Canada 150 Research Chair in Biological Dystopias. Pruitt, an internationally recognized evolutionary ecologist, will... Read more

PNB PhD Student Wins Provincial 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour applauds Matthew Berry, graduate student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, for winning top prize in the Ontario 3... Read more

Teaching Award for Joe Kim and Introductory Psychology

Friday, 30 June 2017

Joe Kim  has been given the D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning for his McMaster Introductory Psychology program. The course combines traditional lectures with... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 02 30 PM - 03 30 PM
PNB Colloquium - Narender Ramnani - TBA
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