University of Minnesota
Department of Psychology

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Cognitive and Brain Sciences

You may choose any of the following as an emphasis in Cognitive and Brain Sciences: affective neuroscience, animal learning, behavioral pharmacology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, human learning and memory, neuroimaging, psychoacoustics, psychobiology, and vision.

Students are drawn to our program by the interdisciplinary interests of professors in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program and the prospect of working with top-notch faculty. Cognitive and Brain Sciences program faculty work closely with faculty in psychology programs and in related areas, such as behavior genetics, child development, computer science, neuroscience, educational psychology, the Center for Cognitive Sciences, management information systems, neurology, communication disorders, and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Many of the faculty and students participate in the flourishing programs in neuroscience and cognitive science.

Students become involved with research as soon as they enter the program and complete a first year research project. Our faculty will help you tailor your graduate program to meet your needs and interests. Courses and seminars cover many topics related to Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and we encourage you to take courses in other departments. You may also elect to minor in neuroscience or cognitive science.

In addition to students with a background in relevant areas of psychology (e.g., perception, cognition, learning, behavioral neuroscience), we are interested in those who have a background in related fields such as biology, neuroscience, computer science, statistics, and mathematics.

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

  • James Cleary, Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Celia Gershenson, Psychology
  • Geoffrey Ghose, Neuroscience
  • Paul E. Johnson, Information and Decision Sciences
  • Eric Larsson, LIFE-Midwest: The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention
  • Albert Yonas, Institute of Child Development

Area Director

Charles R. Fletcher
N255 Elliott Hall