Psychology is the science of mental life and of the relations between mind, brain, and behavior. It involves the systematic observation and analysis of human perception, cognition, and social interaction, and includes relevant study of other species. The Department of Psychology focuses on three broad areas of psychology: cognition and perception; social, personal, and clinical psychology; and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. For those interested in scientific research, such tools as magnetic resonance imaging make it an exciting time to be an experimental psychologist. Psychology offers a broad liberal arts education, with important links to a wide range of other disciplines, including molecular biology, philosophy and cognitive science, linguistics, computer science, sociology, and public policy. The psychology major offers an excellent preparation for medical or law school. Other students pursue a career in psychology, either immediately or after graduate training. Psychology further has expanding applications in such areas as environmental control, community organization, biomedical engineering, education, health, social work, advertising, industry, and business.