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.

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 students.

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.

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 Emeritus* (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.