Cognitive Psychology Program Overview

Students entering the Cognitive Psychology Program begin their education with a two-semester core course sequence in the areas of cognition, perception and learning. These include one- semester courses on topics in perception and learning, and a two-semester sequence taught by multiple faculties and covering various topics from a cognitive perspective, including memory, psycholinguistics, perception and development. All students complete a two-semester statistics course. Generally, coursework and development of a master's thesis (with the student's mentor) will overlap during the first two years. After this, students focus on preliminary exams and on developing a dissertation project. For a complete description of the program requirements and course listings, go to the University Bulletin.

The cognitive faculty also offers specialized seminars on focused research areas each semester; students typically enroll in these seminars after their first year. The weekly Cognitive Lunch, a research seminar series attended by all faculty and graduate students in the cognitive area, provides a forum for presentation and discussion of current research by faculty and students. The lunch meetings are an integral part of graduate training, and student presentations of thesis proposals or research are incorporated into the series each year.

Training for Teaching and Teaching Experience

Teaching is a part of many careers following the PhD, and thus graduate study in the Psychology Department prepares students by including a specific teaching curriculum. This begins with a course on the teaching of psychology and continues with experience as a teaching assistant. Finally, all PhD students in the Cognitive Program are required to teach a course under the supervision of a faculty member.

A course requirement checklist for current students is available from the Cognitive Program Coordinator, Cyma Van Petten.

Last Updated: 6/27/14