The Cognitive Psychology program at Penn State emphasizes research and theory in a variety of sub-areas of cognitive psychology and human performance. All cognitive students’ programs emphasize basic theoretical issues and research methodologies in cognitive psychology, but individual programs vary widely depending upon the student’s substantive interest. As in the other programs in the department, the student works with his or her faculty adviser to develop an individualized program of major and minor areas. Faculty and students in the cognitive area participate in a weekly “bag lunch” that provides opportunities to discuss ongoing research projects and issues. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter research and teaching positions in university or college settings, or to work in applied research organizations.