About the Program

Overview

The Cognitive Neuroscience program in Psychology will train students to become experts in the study of the neuroscience of cognition and behavior. Students will explore the neurobiology of cognition with developmental, cognitive, and clinical neuroscience researchers in the areas of sensorimotor behavior and perception, language, memory, executive function, and substance abuse. The 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. Students complete coursework in basic neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience, as well as a complement of courses in research methods, history and systems, and statistics to complete their training as psychologists.

The program has a central focus in training of scholars and professors of cognitive neuroscience, which is a rapidly growing research area in Psychology. Thus, the primary goal of the program is to equip students with the skills necessary to function as academic and/or research psychologists. 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. Students benefit from the diversity of faculty’s areas of interest and expertise that converge to provide a well-rounded training program in cognitive neuroscience.

Hands-on research experience is an essential part of the training, and students become involved in research at an early point in their graduate training by participating in faculty research projects and by 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 studies, and dissemination, presenting papers at national conferences and publishing papers in scientific journals. In addition, we emphasize the students development in grant writing skills, a necessary component of a successful research career.