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  • 6.

    A third core course in cognitive psychology (other than the two used to fulfill Requirement #3), a fourth seminar in cognitive psychology, or some other course approved by the Program.

  • 7.

    Enrollment in Current Issues in Cognitive and Neural Sciences each semester to receive credit for participation in our weekly brownbag meeting.

A typical course schedule is shown below. Note that this schedule is for illustrative purposes only. The specific set and sequence of courses may be tailored to a student’s interests and goals. For example, the courses used to fulfill Requirements #3 through #6 commonly vary from student to student. Further tailoring is possible based on the student’s selection of electives. In addition, although students usually complete the statistics and research methods courses during their first year, the semester and sequence of enrollment in other courses may vary. Finally, students may petition Program faculty for course substitutions or waivers in order to pursue individual training goals.

STUDENT EVALUATION

As specified by the Graduate School, each student in the Program forms a graduate advisory committee that consists of the faculty advisor and two to three other faculty members. Committee members are selected by mutual consent of the student and faculty member. The advisory committee assists the faculty advisor in guiding the student through the Program and is also responsible for evaluating

competency on the master's thesis and dissertation. In addition, Program faculty members meet to discuss the progress of new students at the end of each semester during the first year. After the first year, students are evaluated on a yearly basis. The purpose of these meetings is to provide written, constructive feedback about the student's performance with regard to coursework, teaching, research, and timely progress. A formal evaluation is performed after completion of the master’s degree to assure that the student is a suitable candidate for doctoral study.

RESEARCH FACILITIES

Each of the faculty members in the Cognitive Psychology Program has their own dedicated research laboratory housed in our new Behavioral Sciences Building with modern equipment that is suitable for experimentation in cognitive psychology. Individual testing rooms are equipped with computers and other hardware and software for running experiments, with additional computing resources available for experimental design and analysis.

The Program also has access to several shared-use, state-of- the-art laboratory facilities. These laboratories are maintained and upgraded annually using special university funds for enhancing technology and may be used when mentoring undergraduate research assistants and honor’s students.

One of our shared-use laboratories is equipped with a research-grade driving simulator for research on the perception and cognition of driving. The simulator includes the full front-seat compartment of a Ford automobile, standard controls and functioning instrumentation,

Non-Cognitive Core (e.g., Neuropsychology)

3

Seminar

3

Seminar

3

Independent Study

6

Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology

2

Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology

2

Electives (optional)

Electives (optional)

CREDITS

COURSE

CREDITS

4 3 2

Spring I Methods of Research in Psychology II (Statistics) Cog. Core (e.g., Human Learning & Memory) Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology Electives (optional)

4 3 2

3 3 2

Spring II Non-Cognitive Core (e.g., History & Systems) Seminar Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology Electives (optional)

3 3 2

3 6 2

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COURSE

Fall I Methods of Research in Psychology I (Statistics) Research Issues and Models Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology Electives (optional)

Fall II Cognitive Core (e.g., Cognitive Processes) Seminar Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology Electives (optional)

Fall III

Spring III

3

Seminar

6

Dissertation

2

Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology

Electives (optional)

Fall IV Seminar Dissertation Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology Electives (optional)

Spring IV

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