The Cognition and Brain Science specialty area for the Psychology Ph.D. program trains students to develop a thorough understanding of diverse aspects of cognition and neural mechanisms for neural processing. Students learn about theories of cognitive phenomena and the neurobiological bases of cognition and behavior. Students study the major methods used to measure various components of cognition and neuroscience. These components include attention, sensation and perception, working memory, episodic memory, cognitive control, language, metacognition, spatial cognition, mindfulness and problem solving. Please visit the Cognition and Brain Science Research page for more information regarding research conducted in this area.
Students are encouraged to gain a strong background in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, with exposure to a variety of fundamental areas of general psychology, while also developing a particular research concentration. The program is designed to provide students with intensive concentration in a selected specialty by allowing each student to tailor coursework and research experience to match personal needs.
Please explore the Graduate Student Handbook to get detailed information regarding the graduate program, as well information specific to each of the five program areas, such as degree requirements, minor requirements, and information about the doctoral preliminary examinations.