What is now the cognitive psychology concentration began in 1966 as a graduate training program in intellectual disability research, with funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Over the years, the emphasis on cognitive aspects of intellectual disability grew, and in 1990 the program began to offer a full array of coursework and research in basic cognitive psychology. This included study in basic areas of cognition (e.g., attention, memory, spatial cognition, reading, human factors) with the unique opportunity to focus on individual differences such as intellectual disability, aging, autism, and reading disorders.

Coordinator: Dr. Tom Ward

a young woman disassembles a model of the human brainAreas of Study

  • Human factors
  • Spatial cognition
  • Creativity
  • Cognition and aging
  • Cognitive aspects of autism
  • Cognitive aspects of intellectual disability
  • Episodic Memory
  • Cognitive Control
  • Intelligence