Our Cognitive Psychology program is designed to help you develop a systematic understanding of cognitive processes. These include perception, human learning, attention, categorization, problem solving, decision–making, information processing and retrieval, short and long-term memory and forgetting, sensory encoding, motor control, psycholinguistics, and reading. We place major emphasis on the development and testing of theories in this area. As part of the training program, you are expected to participate in extensive research programs.
Cognitive Psychology overlaps with other areas of specialization both within and outside the department. Where it is appropriate to your individual program, coursework in other areas such as cognitive science, mathematical psychology, linguistics, computer science, and mathematics is encouraged.
Our department is particularly strong in the areas of computational and mathematical psychology. We encourage the use of mathematical theory in psychology, cognition, and cognitive science. All of our mathematical modeling laboratories utilize computers to carry out construction and simulation of models and as process-control and data acquisition devices.