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Department of Psychology 
125 Moore Building 
The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802-3106

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The Cognitive Psychology program at Penn State emphasizes research and theory in a variety of subareas of cognitive psychology and human performance, including language, learning, memory, perception, and rhythms of human behavior..

Cognitive Area faculty investigate a wide range of topics including language, learning, memory, perception, and rhythms of human behavior. We use a wide range of methodological approaches in our research including functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, DTI), behavioral approaches, as well as computational and mathematical modeling.  Our area promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration through an extensive network of university affiliations that facilitate research initiatives spanning the globe.

We are committed to providing students with high quality training in an atmosphere that promotes many formal and informal interactions with faculty and peers from around the department and the university. Our program is tailored to meet the individual needs of our students. Students may choose to participate in the APA award-winning Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) program, or select from a variety of minors and dual-degree options as appropriate. For more information, see the Prospective Graduate Students page.

 Cognitive area news!

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Beaty for being honored with the APA's Division 10 Daniel Berlyne Award, which recognizes outstanding research by an early career scholar.



Dr. Roger Beaty and Dr. Elisabeth Karuza join the cognitive area as assistant professors. 

Congratulations to Dr. Rick Gilmore for being awarded a $6.3 million grant from the NIH. The grant will focus on infant and mother behaviors during natural activity.  

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