Cognitive Psychology

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

Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of mind and mental function, including learning, memory, attention, perception, reasoning, language, conceptual development, and decision making. The modern study of cognition rests on the premise that the brain can be understood as a complex computing system.

The Doctoral Program in Cognition offers students the opportunity to pursue original research with our faculty as part of an exciting educational program that emphasizes the theoretical, experimental, and technical foundations of cognition and cognitive science.

The Cognitive faculty have outstanding records of productivity and extramural research support. The Cognitive Area includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences. Areas of special emphasis include: psycholinguistics, language acquisition, memory, visual and auditory perception, sensorimotor processes, attention, mathematical models of perception and cognition, decision making, cognitive development, and cognitive neuroscience.

close view of human eyeGraduate education is enhanced by close ties with the Center for Cognitive Science and the Laboratory for Vision Research, and by collaborations with faculty in several related departments, such as Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics,as well as with scientists from local industries engaged in basic and applied cognitive research.

Research is conducted in modern laboratories featuring state-of-the-art equipment for experimental studies and computational modeling of cognition, perception, and language.

Students become involved in research during their first semester and complete the basic required courses during the first two years. Students may supplement Psychology courses by choosing electives in departments such as Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, Education, Statistics, Mathematics, and Biomedical Engineering. Candidacy for the doctorate is granted following successful completion of course requirements, a master's thesis, and the qualifying examination.

Only those individuals wishing to work full-time toward the doctorate are encouraged to apply. Graduates of this program are found in research positions in universities and private industry.