The Neural and Cognitive Sciences graduate program area includes two broad foci: (i) Neuroscience, and (ii) Cognitive Science and Social Psychology.
The Neuroscience curriculum and research activities are designed to
advance understanding of the dynamic relationship between the nervous
system, mind, and behavior. Training is offered jointly by the
Department of Psychology and the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience,
Mind, and Behavior, and includes courses in Basic Neuroscience and
Cognition, Neuroethology, Behavioral Ecology, and
Cognitive Science and Social Psychology
The faculty in Cognitive Science and Social Psychology direct
research and teach courses in psycholinguistics, visuospatial
perception, judgment and inference, and evolutionary and social
psychology. BGSU also has an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental
collaboration in Cognitive Science.
General Program Information
The program is designed so that Years 1 and 2 are devoted to taking graduate courses and completing a Master's Thesis, and Years 3 and 4 are devoted to completing a doctoral dissertation along with any remaining course requirements.
All students are required to take two statistics courses, two content core psychology courses (that fall outside the student's major area of study), and research methods in the form of independent study hours or a formal course.
Students in good standing receive eight semesters of assistantship
funding (ten semesters for dual degree students). Summer
assistantships are also available, particularly for first-year
(Note that a special set of provisions applies to students enrolled
in the combined Bachelor's/Master's
We are interested in attracting students with research experience in
psychology. We are also interested in students who may not have an
extensive background in psychology, but who have training in other
fields, such as biology, computer science, linguistics, mathematics,
engineering, or the physical sciences. Prospective graduate students
should not only submit an application but should also contact
individual faculty members whose specific interests they share.
Faculty of the Neural and Cognitive Sciences
Richard Anderson Cognitive Science
Vern Bingman Neuroscience
Casey Cromwell Neuroscience
Michael Doherty Emeritus* (Cognitive Science)
Anne Gordon Social Psychology
Mary Hare Cognitive Science
Dale Klopfer Cognitive Science
Patricia Sharp Neuroscience
Ryan Tweney Emeritus* (Cognitive Science)
Affiliated Faculty in the J.P.
Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior
*Emeritus faculty are active in teaching and/or research, but do not accept new students.