PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Students are gathered around a laptop engaging with a computer program.

 

The Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral program develops scientists who perform research in academic and research institutions. The curriculum offers an intense research experience in the areas of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the neural bases of these capacities. Students collaborate with faculty using diverse research methods, including patient-based testing, neuro-imaging, animal modeling, psychophysical scaling and computational modeling. Unlike clinical neuropsychology programs, this program does not provide training in diagnosing or treating brain or neurological disorders.

GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its teaching hospital are resources for cognitive neuroscience research, with dedicated departments studying neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology.

 


Neuroscience Research in Action 

Guangying Wu works with genetically engineered mice to understand the link between schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations.

Quieting the Voices of Schizophrenia

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Guangying Wu is trying to pinpoint the the misfiring neurons that cause agonizing internal noise for people with schizophrenia. His research enlisted the help of student researchers, colleagues in other scientific disciplines and a pack of genetically engineered mice.

 


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Jeongmi Lee

PhD ’13

"My research experiences in cognitive neuroscience helped me figure out what interests me most and develop the necessary skills and network to pursue a career in academia."


Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

72 credits, including 33 credits in required courses, 21 to 27 credits in elective courses, 12 to 24 credits in dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Required core
PSYC 8250Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience (Foundations)
PSYC 8250Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience (Proseminar)
PSYC 8203Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
PSYC 8204Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Biological Basis of Behavior
PSYC 8289Seminar: Current Topics in Experimental Psychology
Methods/statistics
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6275Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6276Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis
PSYC 8202Psychological Research Methods and Procedures
Breadth
6 credits in coursework taken outside of the cognitive neuroscience field.
Electives
21 to 27 credits in elective courses, which may include the courses listed below and/or other relevant courses.
PSYC 8223Seminar: Human Memory
PSYC 8251Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 8268Seminar: Neuropsychology
PSYC 8295Independent Research
Dissertation
PSYC 8998Advanced Reading and Research (taken for 6 to 12 credits)
PSYC 8999Dissertation Research (taken for 6 to 12 credits)
Comprehensive examination
Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.