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Program Overview

The program has a central focus in training scholars and professors of cognitive neuroscience, which is a rapidly growing research area in psychology. Therefore, the primary goal of the program is to equip students with the skills necessary to function as academic and/or research psychologists.

  • Program Focus

    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.

  • Program Requirements

    The Program Requirements for the Cognitive Neuroscience Program include a number of advanced statistics courses (9 credits), elective options (12 credits), and content course requirements (15 credits). The content course requirements are listed below:

    • DEP 5058 Bio-Behavioral Development
    • EXP 5667 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • EXP 5508 Applied Cognitive Psychology
    • EXP 5527 Memory and Consciousness
    • ZOO 5785 Advanced Neurobiology or PSB 6247 Biological Bases of Behavior
    • PSB 6215 Human Neuroanatomy
    • CBH 5256 Animal Cognition
    • CLP 6426 Neuropsychology
    • PHZ 6706/PSB 6350 Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods I
    • PHZ 6707/PSB 6351 Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods II

    Students must also complete a Master's Project as a step to earning the Ph.D. Visit Resources for more information and project forms.

  • Research Experience

    Hands-on research experience is an essential part of the training, and students become involved in research early in their graduate training by participating in faculty research projects and carrying out individual research under the guidance of one or several faculty members. Students will receive guidance in every aspect of conducting research, including developing ideas; designing and conducting study; and developing papers for dissemination, presentation at national conferences and publication in scientific journals. In addition, we emphasize development of students’ grant writing skills, a necessary component of a successful research career. Visit Resources to learn more about our labs.

  • Faculty Expertise

    Students benefit from the faculty’s diverse areas of interest and expertise, which converge to provide a well-rounded training program in cognitive neuroscience. Faculty in the program employ “under-the-skin” electrophysiological and functional imaging methodologies on humans, with a special emphasis on understanding typical and atypical development. The faculty also conduct research on birds and non-human primates. Meet the Faculty

The program also offers a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience designed to advance scientific education and professional development.