Research Overview

Our department has six areas of concentration: biological, clinical, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, developmental, perception, and social and personality. Although there is a good deal of collaboration and interaction across groups, each area of concentration has its own requirements for graduate study and students are typically admitted into one of these areas of concentration.

  • Biology of Brain and Behavior: Topic areas investigated by our faculty include psychoneuroimmunology, hormone-behavior relationships, neurobiology of stress and arousal, sensory processes, and the neural organization of the cerebral cortex.
  • Clinical: Topic areas investigated by our faculty include psychometric methods, assessment, clinical research methods, psychotherapy/intervention, biological aspects of behavior, assessment of cognitive processes, developmental perspectives on psychopathology, and psychiatric genetics and epigenetics.
  • Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience: Areas investigated by our faculty include topics related to learning (e.g. statistical learning, mathematical learning, learning of object categories, and transfer of learned skills), language (e.g. language production, semantic knowledge, and reading) and memory (e.g. the neural basis of short-term memory and the development of short-term memory skills).
  • Developmental: Topic areas investigated by our faculty include the development of mathematical reasoning/problem solving, visuospatial cognition, and social cognition, the interaction of cognitive and motor development in symbolic reasoning, temperament and affective development, gender role development, developmental psychopathology, effects of stress on development, resiliency in adulthood and aging, and language acquisition.
  • Perception: Topic areas investigated by our faculty include: Visual motion and depth perception, perceptual learning and transfer, decision-making, auditory processing and neural coding.
  • Social and Personality: Topic areas investigated by our faculty include motivation, prejudice and discrimination, physiological, social, cognitive and cultural aspects of emotions and emotional information processing, and issues in gender and sexual behavior.
Faculty by area of concentration

Biology of Brain and Behavior Clinical Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience
Anthony Auger Lyn Abramson Martha Alibali
Allyson Bennett John Curtin Joe Austerweil
Craig Berridge Richard Davidson
Morton Gernsbacher
Chris Coe Hill Goldsmith
Shawn Green
Richard Davidson Diane Gooding
Rick Jenison
Rick Jenison Janet Hyde Gary Lupyan
James Li James Li Maryellen MacDonald
Cathy Marler Joseph Newman Brad Postle
Seth Pollak Seth Pollak
Tim Rogers
Brad Postle Bas Rokers
Tim Rogers   Jenny Saffran
Yuri Saalmann   Mark Seidenberg
    Kristin Shutts
  Yuri Saalmann
Karen Schloss
Vanessa R. Simmering
Developmental Perception Social and Personality
Martha Alibali Joe Austerweil Markus Brauer
Hill Goldsmith Shawn Green Patricia Devine
Janet Hyde Rick Jenison Judith Harackiewicz
James Li Gary Lupyan Janet Hyde
Seth Pollak
Brad Postle Yuri Miyamoto
Karl Rosengren Bas Rokers Paula Niedenthal
Carol Ryff Yuri Saalmann Carol Ryff
Jenny Saffran Karen Schloss
Kristin Shutts
Kristin Shutts Vanessa R. Simmering
Vanessa R. Simmering