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Lauren Highfill
Associate Professor of Psychology

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Psychology

Psychology

Comparative Psychology Lab

The laboratory is housed within the Department of Psychology and is directed by Professor Lauren Highfill. Active members of the lab include a highly dedicated group of Eckerd College students interested in the field of comparative psychology.

Comparative psychology is a branch of psychology which examines the similarities and differences between various species – both human and non-human – to gain a better understanding of evolutionary relationships. Studying animals and their behavior not only helps us understand more about the species itself, but can lead to a deeper understanding of human psychology.

The mission of the lab is to conduct non-invasive research on the behavior and abilities of various species – from dogs to dolphins - in order to increase our understanding of these remarkable animals.

We hope you find this website helpful whether you are interested in joining the lab, applying to Eckerd, or simply learning more about comparative psychology!

Career Guides

B.A. or B.S.

Students majoring in psychology have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts or Science. The B.A. program is intended for students who want a strong background in psychology as preparation for careers in such areas as law, public health, and medicine. The B.S. program is intended for students who plan to go on to graduate school in some area of psychology.

The Eckerd Difference

<strong>Rachel Feinberg</strong>---Atlanta, GA---Psychology

"Eckerd met every one of my expectations and more. Here I can be driven, focused, and able to explore any area I please thanks to the dedication of teachers, faculty, and friends. At the same time, I am able to take advantage of Eckerd's beautiful environment, calming atmosphere, and fun activities to make my education experience an enjoyable one." - Rachel Feinberg, Psychology major