Cognitive Neuroscience Program

The Cognitive Neuroscience program at GW is designed to train students to become independent scientists who do basic research in an academic setting. Please note that this is not a clinical neuropsychology program—we provide no training in diagnosing or treating any brain or neurological disorder.

The Cognitive Neuroscience Program provides graduate students with an intense and focused research experience in the areas of perception, attention, and memory, with emphasis on the neural bases of these capacities. The program utilizes diverse research methods such as patient-based testing, neuro-imaging, animal modeling, and psychophysical scaling, and computational modeling. The goal of the program is to train students for careers in academic and research institutions. At the undergraduate level, the program provides both entry level and advanced courses as well as honor seminars in special topics.

The program boasts a high faculty / student ratio, reflecting a strong emphasis on close collaboration between faculty and students on joint research projects. The Washington, DC research environment is outstanding, with the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University, and other research institutions all close by. GWU's other resources for cognitive neuroscience research include a major medical school, a teaching hospital with world-class Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology Departments, and an intensive Neuroscience Program. GWU is located in the heart of Washington, DC, a beautiful city with a wide variety of national museums, historical sites, restaurants, and cultural events.

Professor Guanying Wu's research featured by CCAS

Dr. Guangying Wu and his research team are using laser technology to study communication in mice and uncover mechanisms underlying some of schizophrenia's most vexing symptoms, such as auditory hallucinations.  Read more details of Dr. Wu's work in CCAS News.