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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology



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:

  • memory
  • emotion regulation and self-control
  • cognitive and affective interactions
  • visual and auditory perception
  • unconscious cognition and social cognition
  • decision-making

Using methodologies such as:

  • experimental design
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • electroencephalography (EEG)
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • eye-tracking
  • computation
  • psychophysiology
  • 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

Kateri McRae
Expertise: Emotion/Cognition interactions; emotion regulation, fMRI
Lab: The AACT Lab

George R. Potts
Expertise: Memory, inferential processes and unconscious cognition

Timothy Sweeny
Expertise: Visual and auditory perception, EEG, EMG.  
Lab: Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition (VPEC) Lab

Peter Sokol-Hessner
Expertise: Decision-making, emotion regulation, cognitive/affective interactions.
Lab: The Sokol-Hessner Lab

Affiliated Faculty & Labs

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

Max Weisbuch
Expertise: Social cognition, nonverbal communication, stereotypes and prejudice
Lab: Social Perception and Attitudes (SPA) Lab

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