Joseph DeAngelis is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science. He highly recommends the fields of psychology and cognitive science to those who are interested in the human thought process and who like utilizing different fields as part of a study as a whole.
“Thinking is a huge part of our day-to-day life, and really everything you do usually has some type of thought behind it,” says Joseph.
Due to his interests, Joseph took part in the prestigious Aresty Summer Research Program in 2013. He now works with Dr. Pernille Hemmer and a team of other researchers studying memorization in natural environments and how context can help memory in natural environments. He has even started to branch out with his own study involving study techniques and how prior knowledge can help improve studying methods.
After graduation, Joseph plans on going to graduate school and eventually getting a PhD in cognitive science. He then wants to become a researcher at a major research university like Rutgers, and even become a professor.
I think what I enjoy most about the Psychology major and research here at Rutgers is that there’s just so much opportunity that’s given to students. I was given the opportunity to get involved with a lab and took all the theories I learned in class and finally was able to apply them, and that in general is just invaluable,” Joseph marvels.