Neural and Cognitive Sciences
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 Psychopharmacology.
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.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 students.
(Note that a special set of
provisions applies to students enrolled in the
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.
See Graduate Program and Prospective Students for more information about prerequisites and requirements, campus and facilities, and instructions on submitting an application.
in the J.P.
Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and
*Emeritus faculty are active in teaching and/or research, but do not accept new students.