PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience
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
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.
"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."
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.
|PSYC 8250||Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience (Foundations)|
|PSYC 8250||Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience (Proseminar)|
|PSYC 8289||Seminar: Current Topics in Experimental Psychology|
|DNSC 6274||Statistical Modeling and Analysis|
|DNSC 6275||Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis|
|PSYC 8202||Psychological Research Methods and Procedures|
|6 credits in coursework taken outside of the cognitive neuroscience field.|
|21 to 27 credits in elective courses, which may include PSYC 8289, PSYC 8295, and/or other relevant courses. PSYC 8289 and PSYC 8295 may be repeated for a maximum number of credits provided the topic and/or instructor differs.|
|PSYC 8289||Seminar: Current Topics in Experimental Psychology (may be taken for a maximum total of 18 credits)|
|PSYC 8295||Independent Research (may be taken for a maximum total of 6 credits)|
|PSYC 8998||Advanced Reading and Research (taken for 6 to 12 credits)|
|PSYC 8999||Dissertation Research (taken for 6 to 12 credits)|
|Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.|