The program has a strong emphasis on learning basic neuroanatomy and physiology, cognitive neuroscience research methodologies (including MRI, TMS, EEG and other electrophysiological measures), and analytic skills and neural bases of psychology and psychopathology.
The goal of the program is to train researchers and scholars in the domain of cognitive neuroscience. Thus, there is a strong emphasis on research and students should start on their research program upon arrival. The program has a strong developmental cognitive neuroscience representation, with significant overlap with the Developmental Science Program and Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology Program. Adult cognitive neuroscience and comparative research in avian species, non-human primates, rodents, and pigs are also represented. There is a strong representation in neuroinformatics research in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Physics.