Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Members of the Cog/CN training areas use behavioral, computational and neural methods to investigate human cognition, including attention, memory, training and learning, emotion, reward, and decision making.
Neural Methods Include:
- Event-related potentials (ERPs),
- Peripheral psychophysiology (e.g., galvanic skin response),
- Volumetric MRI
- Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
- Functional MRI (fMRI)
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Students should complete two research practica in different labs during their first year in the program. These practica can be method- or content-based and students may continue to work in their primary lab while conducting a practicum in a different lab.
Students must complete the following required courses:
- P&N First Year Seminar (2 half-credit courses: PSY 763S, PSY 764S)
- Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience I (PSY 759S)
- Foundations of Cognitive Psychology (PSY 730S)
2 additional P&N training area “core courses,” selected from:
- Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience II (PSY 760S)
- Social Behavior and Personality (PSY 629S)
- Adult Psychopathology (PSY 705)
- Advanced Cognitive Development (PSY 722)
- Foundations of Behavioral and Computational Neuroscience (PSY 780S)
1 Research Method or Statistics course. Sample courses include:
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PSY 762)
- Graduate Statistics (PSY 766)
- Applied correlation and regression (PSY 767)
- Applied structural equation modeling (PSY 768)
- Students are expected to attend talks relevant to the C&CN training area, to attend P&N departmental colloquia, and to participate in the other events of our training area.
- Students must give talks on their research in Year 3 and Year 5
- Students must serve as teaching assistants for four courses.
Typical plan of coursework for completing the P&N and C&CN requirements:
There are two ways to receive training in cognitive neuroscience at Duke. A student can be directly admitted to P&N, to work with a specific mentor (1st option depicted in the figure above). A student can also be admitted to the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting program, which does not immediately match students to a particular lab. Instead, students rotate through several labs before matching with a mentor in their second year and transferring to a departmental PhD program at the beginning of the third year. Admission to a departmental PhD program is not automatic; it requires a mutual match with a PhD supervisor.
Faculty from other areas of P&N or other departments may be involved in some way in graduate student training. However, only the following faculty have the ability to admit Ph.D. students directly to this training program:
- Alison Adcock
- Elika Bergelson
- Roberto Cabeza
- Tobias Egner
- Jennifer Groh
- Scott Huettel
- Kevin LaBar
- Elizabeth Marsh
- Tobias Overath
- David Rubin
- Gregory Samanez-Larkin
- Paul Seli
- Marty Woldorff
Please contact individuals for more information about admissions plans for the upcoming year - they may or may not be admitting!
If you wish to be in the Cog/CN area but your desired mentor does not appear on this list, please contact the area head Ahmad Hariri to discuss your application.