Cognition and Neuroscience

Research

Research in the C&N area is diverse spanning memory, perception, action, cognition, animal learning, decision making, reward systems, addiction, and aging. Our researchers engage in a wide variety of experimental approaches. At human research labs these include statistical and mathematical modeling, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. At our animal research labs investigators  use behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular methods. C&N is a founding partner in the Department's 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 the 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 Teaching of Psychology Practicum (TOPP) 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.

Colloquium and Conferences

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 meeting, The Showme Mental State Conference, with the Brain and Cognitive Science group at Washington University. 

Faculty Areas of Specialization

Behavioral Neuroscience

Dennis Miller, biological basis of pain and anxiety

Todd Schachtman, neuroscience: conditioning and retention; Alzheimer's; diet; spatial cognition

Matthew Will, neural-regulation of motivation-reward

David Beversdorf, neuropsychopharmacology and prenatal stress in autism; stress, creativity and neuroimaging
 

Cognitive Neuroscience

Nelson Cowan, working memory, short-term memory, attention, and their childhood development

Jeff Johnson, cognitive and neural basis of episodic memory

Moshe Naveh-Benjamin, human memory processes including adult-age changes in episodic memory and the interplay between attention and memory

Steve Hackley, cognitive neuroscience of attention and action

Shawn Christ, cognitive and neural processes underlying typical and atypical development

Scott Frey, neuroplasticity and evidence-based rehabilitation

David Beversdorf, neuropsychopharmacology and prenatal stress in autism; stress, creativity and neuroimaging

Jason Craggs, modeling neural networks that influence development and maintenance of chronic pain

Ashley Curtis, healthy and pathological cognitive aging, as well as behavioral sleep medicine
 

Cognitive Psychology

Nelson Cowan, working memory, short-term memory, attention, and their childhood development

Moshe Naveh-Benjamin, human memory processes including adult-age changes in episodic memory and the interplay between attention and memory

Ashley Curtis, healthy and pathological cognitive aging, as well as behavioral sleep medicine

Coronal for Cognition and Neuroscience

Coronal for Cognition and Neuroscience

Cognition and Neuroscience Research Labs

Lab Director Lab Location
Behavioral Neuroscience
Investigating motivational circuits mediating drug and natural rewards, including feeding and exercise
Matthew J. Will
Brainstorm Jason Craggs
Center for Translational Neuroscience
Our laboratory studies Neuropsychopharmacology using animal models.
Dennis K. Miller Center for Translational Neuroscience, 7th Floor, Medical Sciences Building
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.
Steven A. Hackley 108 Psychology Building
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Our lab is currently involved in research on autism, dementia, cognitive effects of stress, the cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability, functional neuroimaging, and pharmacological modulation of cognition.
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David Beversdorf Thompson Center, Suite 110
Memory and Cognitive Aging Laboratory
***NOTE - I will be considering doctoral applicants for the Fall 2020 academic year*** 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.
Moshe Naveh-Benjamin 9B McAlester
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).
Jeffrey Johnson 126 Psychology Building
Neuroscience and Learning Laboratory
The lab studies Alzheimer's disease and diet, spatial learning and conditioning, and competition between predictors during human judgments
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Todd R. Schachtman
Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory Scott Frey
Working Memory Laboratory
We conduct research on auditory and visual working memory and attention, in children and adults.
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Nelson Cowan McAlester Hall Annex