The primary aim of this area of specialization is to encourage and develop the use of mathematical theory in psychology, cognition, and cognitive science. All of the mathematical modeling laboratories utilize computers to carry out construction and simulation of models, and as process-control and data acquisition devices. These computers operate in several independent laboratories, which include a full range of equipment for conducting research: closed-circuit television, high resolution display units, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, and speech synthesizers.
Additional hardware and software is available to provide very general and flexible experimental procedures. Students in the mathematical psychology program are trained in the use of computers and are encouraged to use them in their research.