Cognitive Area faculty investigate a wide range of topics including language, learning, memory, creativity, perception and attention using methods such as neuroimaging, behavior, psychophysics, eyetracking, virtual reality as well as computational and mathematical modeling. Members of the cognitive area have access to an array of dedicated research resources, including a research dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma fit MRI scanner, EEG facilities, Eyelink eye trackers, servers for GPU and CPU analyses or machine learning, fNIRS equipment and several research participant subject pools.
We are committed to providing students with high quality training in an atmosphere that promotes formal and informal interactions with faculty and peers from around the department and the university. Students will participate in weekly seminar meetings within the cognitive area that allow them to polish their presentation skills, learn about careers and hear from exciting external speakers.
Our program is tailored to meet the individual needs of our students, who can adapt their degree to their interests in several ways. For example, students will be able to apply for support from the recently awarded NSF NRT training program in Linguistic diversity across the lifespan
Students may also choose to participate in the Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) program, or select from a variety of minors and other dual-degree options as appropriate. For example there is a dual title degree in Language Science, which allows students to further expand their training with additional courses and research with faculty in other departments such as Communication Sciences and Disorders, Applied Linguistics, and Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese. For more information, see the Prospective Graduate Students page.
Students who are interested in our PhD program should reach out to individual faculty members to discuss their interests and formally apply through the departmental application process by December 1 as described on this page.