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Department of Psychology 
125 Moore Building 
The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802-3106

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The Cognitive Psychology program at Penn State emphasizes research and theory in a variety of subareas of cognitive psychology and human performance, including language, learning, memory, perception, and rhythms of human behavior..

Cognitive Area faculty investigate a wide range of topics including language, learning, memory, perception, and rhythms of human behavior. We use a wide range of methodological approaches in our research including functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, DTI), behavioral approaches, as well as computational and mathematical modeling.  Our area promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration through an extensive network of university affiliations that facilitate research initiatives spanning the globe.

We are committed to providing students with high quality training in an atmosphere that promotes many formal and informal interactions with faculty and peers from around the department and the university. Our program is tailored to meet the individual needs of our students. Students may choose to participate in the APA award-winning Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) program, or select from a variety of minors and dual-degree options as appropriate. For more information, see the Prospective Graduate Students page.

 Cognitive area in the news!


Ping Li was recently interviewed by Francois Grosjean!

Congratulations to Angela Grant who has recently had another article posted on the  Cognitive Science Society Blog! She also had an article posted on the homepage of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society!  


Congratulations to Suzy Scherf and Lisa Whyte whose recently NIMH funded autism intervention video game project was featured in the Penn State News!

Dr. Nancy Dennis, an Associate Professor, was also recently featured in a news article at Elon University for the grant she received with Dr. Amy Overman. 

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