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Area Coordinator: Prof. Julien Musolino

Applications for admission in September are due December 15 of the previous year.  See the How to Apply section of the Graduate Program Overview.

Program Overview 

Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of mental function, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, language, and decision making. The modern study of cognition stems from the discovery that the mind/brain can be studied and understood as a complex computational system. The doctoral program in cognitive psychology offers students the opportunity to conduct original research in modern laboratories featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Training emphasizes theoretical, experimental, and technical foundations, and includes the use of cutting-edge artificial intelligence methods, as well as mathematical and computational modeling techniques.  The cognitive faculty are internationally known and award-winning researchers, teachers, and mentors with outstanding records of innovation, extramural funding, and public outreach. Graduate education is enhanced by close ties with the Center for Cognitive Science and by collaborations with faculty in several related departments as well as with scientists from industries engaged in basic and applied research. We seek creative and self-motivated students who are passionate about the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. The cognitive area is committed to strategies that increase the engagement and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM. Graduate students from our program have gone on to work in academia, high-tech and research consultancy companies, finance, and technology labs.

Please also see information about the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science

 

 Big Questions in Cognitive Psychology

  • What is the nature of human intelligence?
  • Where does knowledge come from?
  • How do we perceive, learn, and remember?
  • How do we plan our actions and make decisions?
  • How can we use basic science to solve concrete problems?

 

Documents for Current Students

The access password for the documents can be obtained through the Senior Graduate Administrator.

 

Core Faculty:

  • Jacob Feldman

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  • Arnold Glass

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  • Pernille Hemmer

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    Associate Professor
  • Judith Hudson

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    Associate Professor
  • Eileen Kowler

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    Distinguished Professor
  • Alan Leslie

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    Distinguished Professor
  • Melchi Michel

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    Associate Professor
  • Julien Musolino

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    Associate Professor
  • Manish Singh

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  • Karin Stromswold

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  • Elizabeth Torres

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  • Jenny Wang

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    Assistant Professor
  • Qiong Zhang

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    Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and is also affiliated with the Computer Science Department and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in 2019 from Carnegie Mellon University jointly in the Machine Learning Department under the School of Computer Science, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. She completed additional postdoctoral training in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Her research combines computational modeling, behavioral methods and neural imaging to understand human memory. She is interested in how the human memory system uses its limited cognitive resources to efficiently retrieve past experiences and knowledge, and how we as researchers can design methods to improve human memory performance. Dr. Zhang plans to accept a graduate student in the upcoming year.