Cognitive Psychology

The graduate program in cognitive psychology is primarily oriented toward doctoral training. All students are required to complete a master's thesis leading to an M.S. degree before continuing the doctoral program. The normal time course for a master's degree is two years, with two additional years for the doctorate. The term "cognitive psychology" encompasses most topics in human experimental psychology. The interests of the faculty in this area include sensory processes, perception, information processing, memory, attention, judgment, thinking, problem solving, and human factors. Faculty specializing in mathematical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and animal learning also participate in the cognitive graduate program.  Human factors is an interdisciplinary area of interest that focuses on the systematic application of knowledge about human sensory, perceptual, mental, psychomotor, and other characteristics to the design of the many human-made facilities of our current civilization. The human factors program at Purdue University is interdisciplinary, operated jointly by the Department of Psychological Sciences (Cognitive Psychology) and the School of Industrial Engineering. More information on human factors can be found here.

The following Cognitive faculty will be taking new students for the 2018-19 academic year:

Graduate Faculty

See also faculty in Mathematical and Computational Cognitive Science

Affiliated Faculty

Joint Appointment:

Courtesy Appointments:

Adjunct Appointment:

  • Josefa Pandeirada, Ph.D.

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