Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

This concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer’s); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

The program’s core facilities have well-equipped behavioral testing and histological/histochemical facilities. The program’s strong links to the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Biomedical Genomics and Informatics allows opportunities for collaborative work as diverse as tissue slice preparations and molecular genetics. The doctoral program prepares students for research-based careers in academics, government, or industry.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master’s degree as described above.

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◊ Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)

This concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

The program’s core facilities have well-equipped behavioral testing and histological/histochemical facilities. The program’s strong links to the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Biomedical Genomics and Informatics allows opportunities for collaborative work as diverse as tissue slice preparations and molecular genetics. The doctoral program prepares students for research-based careers in academics, government, or industry.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Course Work (48-60 credits)

Four courses of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience core (11 credits)

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology Credits: 2

PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology Credits: 3

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

or

PSYC 685 - Cognitive Neuroscience Credits: 3

PSYC 555 - Neuroimaging Credits: 3

or

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

Four courses of quantitative and research methods (13-14 credits)

Two required courses (7-8 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 OR PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

One course in advanced statistics (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

One elective methods course (3 credits)

Students choose a fourth course in quantitative or research methods in consultation with an advisor and with the approval of the program faculty. This can include the course not chosen to fulfill the requirement above.

Professional seminar (2 credits)

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Research Credits (6 credits)

The research credit requirement can be met through completion of a master's thesis (recommended) or other research course as approved by the program.

Elective credits

Students can complete the 72 credit requirement through credits of additional coursework as approved by the program/advisor. 6 of these courses must be outside of the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience program.

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research (12-24 credits)

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students apply to this degree a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 and 3 credits of 999; they may apply a minimum 12 and a maximum of 24 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

PSYC 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Total: 72 credits

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