Program in Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology
Our goal is to educate scientists who will successfully compete for academic and
applied positions and who will contribute meaningful research in their chosen field.
We strive to:
- expose students to a variety of experimental methodologies and analytical techniques
- train students to apply sound experimental techniques to address basic and applied
- foster knowledge of and an appreciation for the cognitive, neural, and social aspects
The faculty in Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology provide an intensive and individually
tailored Ph.D. program. Beginning in the first year, students choose and then work
closely with a faculty advisor to develop a specific research focus based on shared
research interests. Students create individually tailored programs to fit their
interests and areas of specialization. Students may specialize within a variety
of areas, including cognitive science, behavioral neuroscience, and social psychology.
We also offer a specialization in developmental psychology and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program focusing on language, speech, and hearing sciences. Our faculty is congenial
and many students have worked with several advisors. For admission application requirements to our Psychology program, please go to our Admissions Requirements page.
The Department and University provide a wide range of research facilities to students.
These include the University’s computing services, as well as departmental computers for lab use and word processing. Labs
are available for stimulus presentation, image processing and video
taping, modeling memory structures, psychophysics, electrophysiological recording, and neuroanatomical and neurochemical
work. The University operates child care centers and two elementary schools that
are available for research purposes. The University libraries are conveniently located
and contain extensive collections of relevant journals and books.
The Ph.D. program usually takes four to six years of dedicated effort. Students
are expected to conduct research actively throughout this period. Our Graduate Handbook lays out specific program requirements and other information about our graduate programs. Over the past 20 years, all students making good progress have been financially
supported by means of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships.
Our graduates are competitive - earning jobs in the academic world and in a variety
of applied research settings. Our Ph.D.s’ technical abilities and problem-solving
skills are well regarded by potential employers.
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