Concentration in Cognition (Psychological Science MA)

The primary objective of the concentration will be to prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctoral level in Cognition. Students who complete the concentration will be competitive for application to numerous doctoral programs, such as cognitive, evolutionary psychology, psychological science, experimental psychopathology, quantitative, assessment, human development, neuropsychology, and others. However, students who complete this concentration would also be able to pursue careers at the MA level in Cognition including positions in research settings.


Students in the Cognition Concentration will be required to complete all components of the graduate curriculum including (a) all components of the graduate curriculum for the Psychological Science MA, (b) coursework in cognitive studies such as PSY 6110, the Cognitive Core Content Course, (c) thesis on a cognitive studies topic, (d) concentration activities such as colloquia, and (e) coursework in research and the scientific method (PSY 5810 Research Statistics and Methodology I; PSY 5820 Research Statistics and Methodology II; and
PSY 6030 Research Practicum).

Students should be able to complete the program in 2 years.

The Core Content Courses

Students in the Cognition concentration will take three core content courses, one of which will be the Core Content Course PSY 61101 Cognition and two other courses from the list below. Aside from the required core content course, the particular core content course(s) chosen will vary from student to student depending on their interests. Many core content courses are relevant to Cognition given that cognitive, neuroscientific, social, and personality topics are relevant to individuals in this period of the life span.

PSY 6100 Developmental Psychology
PSY 6110 Cognition
PSY 6120 Neuroscience
PSY 6130 Social Psychology
PSY 6140 Personality
PSY 6150 Psychology and Law
PSY 6160 Trauma Psychology
PSY 6420 Aging

Students who plan to complete the Cognition concentration will need to meet with the Cognition Concentration Coordinator (Professor Frederick L. Coolidge) once a year to make certain that their program of study meets all concentration requirements.

Empirical Research Thesis

Students in the Cognition concentration will be required to complete a research thesis in this area and by supervised by a relevant faculty member. They include but are not restricted to:

Frederick L. Coolidge, PhD, (Concentration Coordinator): Cognitive Archaeology, Evolution of Cognition and Language

Hasker Davis, PhD: Lifespan Working Memory and Executive Functions

Lori James, PhD: Language, Memory, and Cognition

Mike Kisley, PhD: Neurophysiology of Cognition

Molly Maxfield, PhD: Social Cognition