Cognition and Neuroscience

fMRI of activation in a semantic fluency task

Research in the C&N area is diverse spanning memory, perception, action, animal learning, decision making, drug-behavior interactions, and aging. Our researchers engage in a variety of methodological modalities including behavioral studies; animal modeling; statistical and mathematical modeling; pharmacology; electrophysiology; and brain imaging. C&N is a founding partner in the Department's new Brain Imaging Center. Our primary goal is to prepare outstanding scholars and researchers.

Plan of Study
The C&N area awards both Masters and Ph.D. degrees. Typically, students earn their Master's in their second or third year and Ph.D. approximately two years later. In addition to departmental coursework, the C&N area offers a wide range of seminars. In the past few years, the following have been offered: Perception; Mind Drugs, and Behavior; Working Memory; neuroimaging methods; and cognitive aging. The C&N area participates in the TOPPS program in which graduate students teach their own course in their third or fourth year. Please see the Graduate Programs for more information about graduate study.

C&N Colloquium and The Showme Conference
The C&N area hosts a weekly colloquium series featuring talks from faculty and students both inside and outside the C&N area. C&N also holds a joint yearly meeting, The Showme Mental State Conference, with the Brain and Cognitive Science group at Washington University. Graduate students have the opportunity to present their work in both fora.

Faculty and Labs

David Beversdorf
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Our lab is currently involved in research on autism, drug abuse, dementia, cognitive effects of stress, the cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability, functional neuroimaging, and pharmacological modulation of cognition.
Nelson Cowan
Working Memory Laboratory
We conduct research on auditory and visual working memory and attention, in children and adults.
Steven A. Hackley
Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Research at my lab deals with the neural basis of attention, awareness, and action. Event-related potentials (ERPs), startle-blink, and neuroimaging techniques are used to identify the locus and time course of relevant brain processes in normal and neurologically impaired adults.
Jeffrey Johnson
Memory and Neuroimaging Lab
Research in the lab focuses on episodic memory and uses two non-invasive brain imaging techniques: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).
Dennis K. Miller
Center for Translational Neuroscience
Our laboratory studies Neuropsychopharmacology using animal models.
Moshe Naveh-Benjamin
Memory and Cognitive Aging Laboratory
Research at our laboratory concerns fundamental issues regarding human memory processes and structures. One line of this research explores the interplay between attention and memory, and another line of research investigates the mechanisms responsible for the adult-age changes in episodic memory.
Jeff Rouder
Perception and Cognition Lab
We study human memory and information processing using statistical and mathematical modeling approaches (undergradeate research opportunities available).
Todd R. Schachtman
Conditioning and Neuroscience
Associative Learning; Glutamate receptors and learning and behavior; Stimulus competition during associative and attributional processes
Matthew J. Will
Behavioral Neuroscience
We investigate brain circuits that regulate reward and motivation related to both drugs of abuse and food.