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The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802-3106

 
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Overview

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 news!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Caitlin Ting, a recent graduate of the Cognitive Area, who has started her new position as Interim Director of the University Fellowships Office and who was recently spotlighted in this Penn State News article!

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Congratulations to Garrett Swan who successfully defended his dissertation on May 11, 2017!

Congrats to Dr. Nancy Dennis who has been nominated and elected to Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS), a professional society dedicated to the study of memory and memory disorders. Members of the MDRS are engaged in a broad range of basic and clinical research, with the general aim of determining how memory works and how it malfunctions. Membership in the society is limited and by invitation only.

Congratulations to Angela Grant (Advisor: Ping Li) and Garrett Swan (Advisor: Brad Wyble) who have accepted postdoctoral positions for the upcoming year! Angela received a Horizon Postdoc Fellowship to work with Natalie Phillips at Concordia University, and Garrett will be a postdoc at the Shepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard!

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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