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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology



The cognitive psychology PhD program will prepare you for research and teaching careers at the college-level, or research positions in an educational or medical research institute

While working closely with faculty and other students, you'll train in several topics:

  • memory
  • cognitive control and executive functions
  • cognitive and affective interactions
  • reading & language processes
  • neural modeling
  • unconscious cognition and social cognition

Using methodologies such as:

  • experimental design
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • event-related potentials (ERPs)
  • behavioral genetics
  • psychophysiology

We cover both adult and developmental perspectives on these issues.

Because all cognitive psychology faculty participate in the developmental cognitive neuroscience program, they offer a cognitive neuroscience perspective in each of the content areas.

Our labs are well-equipped with computers and software for online control of experiments and data analysis. Training on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is available both from coursework and from faculty labs that use the magnet at the nearby medical school for research.

Access to patients with neuropsychological disorders and developmental disabilities allows you to study the components of cognition from the perspective of neurological breakdowns.

Core Faculty & Labs

Anne DePrince
Expertise: Trauma, violence, cognition, psychopathology
Lab: Traumatic Stress Studies Group

Janice M. Keenan (not taking students for Fall)
Expertise: Reading and language comprehension; cognitive and genetic etiology of language deficits
Lab: Reading & Language Lab

Kateri McRae (will review applications for Fall)
Expertise: Emotion/Cognition interactions; emotion regulation, fMRI
Lab: The AACT Lab

Bruce F. Pennington (not taking students because of retirement)
Expertise: Understanding atypical development (e.g., ADHD, autism, dyslexia) at several levels of analysis
Lab: Developmental Neuropsychology Lab

George R. Potts (not taking students for Fall)
Expertise: Memory, inferential processes and unconscious cognition

In addition to core cognitive faculty, you may work with faculty in the affect/social, clinical or developmental areas.