The cognitive psychology PhD program will prepare you for research and teaching careers in academia, or research positions in an educational or medical research institute
While working closely with faculty and other students, you'll train in several topics:
- emotion regulation and self-control
- cognitive and affective interactions
- visual and auditory perception
- unconscious cognition and social cognition
Using methodologies such as:
- experimental design
- functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
- electroencephalography (EEG)
- electromyography (EMG)
- hormonal analysis
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 multiple software packages for online control of experiments, data collection, and data analysis. Training on multiple types of neuroscience measures (e.g., EEG, fMRI) is available both from coursework and from faculty labs that use research-dedicated facilities at nearby universities.
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
George R. Potts (not taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Memory, inferential processes and unconscious cognition
Timothy Sweeny (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Visual and auditory perception, EEG, EMG.
Lab: Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition (VPEC) Lab
Affiliated Faculty & Labs
Bruce F. Pennington (not taking students for Fall 2017 due to of retirement)
Expertise: Understanding atypical development (e.g., ADHD, autism, dyslexia) at several levels of analysis
Lab: Developmental Neuropsychology Lab
In addition to core cognitive faculty, you may work with faculty in the affect/social, clinical or developmental areas.