Our program has a central focus in training scholars and professors of cognitive neuroscience, a rapidly growing research area in psychology. Thus, our primary goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to function as academic and research psychologists.

We maintain a strong emphasis on learning basic neuroanatomy and physiology, cognitive neuroscience research methodologies (including MRI, TMS, EEG and other electrophysiological measures), and analytic skills and neural bases of psychology and psychopathology.

We have a strong developmental cognitive neuroscience representation, with significant overlap with the Developmental Science and Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology programs. Adult cognitive neuroscience and comparative research in avian species, non-human primates, rodents, and pigs are also represented. There is a strong representation in neuroinformatics research in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Physics.


Cognitive Neuroscience Resources

College and University Resources

Edward and Rita Girden Cognitive Neuroscience Scholarship

Enrolled Psychology students may apply to this scholarship for travel support to conferences to present their research. Students are eligible for up to $1,000 for domestic conferences, and $1,500 for international conferences. Two awards will be made per semester.


Eligible students:

  1. Are the presenting author at the proposed conference
  2. Must present on a topic in neuroscience, as determined by the review committee
  3. Must present at the Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium Series


  1. Submit the abstract you submitted to attend the conference. If you have not yet submitted a conference abstract, submit an abstract of up to 500 words (plus title and references) summarizing the project.
  2. Provide information about the conference, including the proposed cost of the flight, hotel, and registration. The scholarship will cover these costs up to the amounts listed above.
  3. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Aaron Mattfeld by Oct. 15 or Feb. 15. February submissions can cover conferences that occur in the summer session.