Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University

Learn about the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system and human behavior and thought processes

Summer psychology program located at Duke

Program Highlights

Uncover the mystery of how the mind works, and examine the connection between the brain and human behavior.
Develop solutions to the complex questions of human behavior through hands-on activities such as a brain dissection and real-world experiments.
Understand treatment strategies for a variety of mental health issues that affect millions of individuals.
Interact with clinical psychologists, neurologists and researchers who are experts in this specialized field.

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Session 1:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Duke University
Durham, North Carolina


  • I learned amazing things that I didn’t think I would be exposed to before medical school! Summer Springboard helped me confirm my love of medicine!

    Megha J.

Course Overview

Curious about the brain? Want to discover and learn the fundamentals of brain biology and the functioning of the central nervous system? By attending the Neuroscience Summer Springboard course students will be able to explore and familiarize with perception, decision-making, neuroethics, neurotechnology, and many other topics. Learn how the development of the brain affects emotions, physiology, and cognition, as well as develop a foundation for future study paths and careers in medicine, biology, biomedical science, psychology, and more.

Meet your instructor

Sikoya M. Ashburn, PhD

Psychology & Neuroscience Duke

Sikoya M. Ashburn, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel. She is a Duke (B.S. in Neuroscience) and Georgetown (Ph.D. in Neuroscience) alum.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students will learn to tackle these fundamental questions with the tools of psychological science. Students will learn about classic experiments in psychology, with the goal of getting a hands-on, experiential understanding of how people work and how psychologists study them. They will explore social dynamics; emotions; personality; mental illness; the nature of beliefs; neuroscience; and the relationship between the mind, brain, and body. As a capstone project, they will construct their own miniature psychology theory, design/run an experiment to test it, and present findings to the class.

Young teenage girl and child therapist during EEG neurofeedback session

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program