Cognitive and Quantitative Psychology
Area Adviser: Dr. Lesa Hoffman
The specialization in cognitive and quantitative psychology is designed for students who have interests in human information processing and cognition, such as perception, attention, and memory, and/or in the development, evaluation, and application of quantitative methods in psychological research. This specialization offers a great deal of flexibility so that all coursework and research training experiences can be adapted to each student’s interests and career goals.
We encourage applications from students whose research interests align with or complement those of current faculty and students. Cognitive topics include: visual attention, perception, and oculomotor behavior (Dodd), development of spatial cognition and memory (Schutte), autobiographical memory, eyewitness memory, and errors of memory (Belli, Bornstein, Dodd), cognitive and evolutionary perspectives in decision making (Stevens), individual differences in cognition (Belli, Dodd, Hoffman), cognitive aspects of survey responses (Belli), suggestibility and neuroimaging (Belli), legal and medical decision making (Bornstein), development of cognition across the lifespan (Bornstein, Dodd, Hoffman, Schutte), and applications of cognitive psychology to teaching (Garbin). Quantitative topics focus on the development, evaluation, and application of advanced methods within psychological research, particularly within cognition and development (Hoffman) or diagnostic measurement (Templin).
Core Faculty for the cognitive and quantitative specialization include: Robert Belli, Brian Bornstein, Michael Dodd, Calvin Garbin, Lesa Hoffman, Anne Schutte, Jeffrey Stevens, and Jonathan Templin. Other psychology faculty members whose interests include aspects of cognition include Scott Stoltenberg (Neuroscience and Behavior), William Spaulding (Clinical Psychology), and John Flowers (Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Psychology).
For a current description of the Cognitive and Quantitative Program of Study, please click here.
For a description of the undergraduate and graduate quantitative training available in Psychology, please click here.