Classes and Research

The following is a brief overview of the requirements for graduate students in the Program in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. The classes are designed to give you a solid background in different aspects of cognition. There is a strong emphasis on research.

Cognitive students also fulfill the PBS department Graduate Requirements.

  • Courses
    • First Year:
      • A yearlong sequence in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. These courses provide the fundamentals of cognition and an introduction to computational modeling and neuroscience.
      • A yearlong sequence in Statistics.
    • After the first year: Each semester you will take a Graduate Seminar in a different aspect of Cognition.
    • Each semester: Attend the weekly Colloquium in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. At least once each year, you will give a talk describing your research.
  • Research
    • First-Year Project
    • Master’s Project
      • Write and defend a proposal describing your master’s research project.
      • Complete your master’s research project and defend your master’s thesis.
    • PhD Dissertation
      • Write and defend a proposal for your dissertation research.
      • Complete your dissertation research and defend your dissertation.
  • Comprehensive Exam
    • Define a set of broad research questions.
    • Read the literature relevant to each question.
    • Write extensive answers to each question, reviewing the relevant literature.