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Department of Psychology

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Cognitive and Neural Sciences Concentration

In our program, you'll use experimental methods and the latest technology to uncover the cognitive and neural bases of behavior. Help advance psychological science by promoting excellence and productivity in research and gain graduate training in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology to prepare for your future research career.

To learn more about  the CNS program, research areas, and resources, download our Information Guide for Prospective Graduate Students (updated October 2023)


Learn more about our program 

We are hosting two virtual information sessions for prospective CNS students. To sign up, register via this survey -- we will send you a Zoom link and additional materials about our program. Register here (RSVP Link).

  • Thursday October 26 - 9:00-10:00 am Eastern.
  • Thursday October 26 - 5:00-6:00 pm Eastern.

There is also a Psychology program virutal Open House on Wednesday November 1 at 6:30 pm Eastern. 

Start your research on Day 1 

You'll participate in research for publications and scientific meetings beginning your first semester. About 60% of our students have gone on to academic positions, and many others obtain positions in research settings like the National Institutes of Health or independent laboratories.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration 

Our faculty combine data from behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain measures to develop theoretical models of human cognition and behavior. You’ll train using multiple technologies and methodologies to diversify your research experience at facilities including: 

Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program

The Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program integrates training in multiple laboratories throughout Epidemiology, Exercise Science and Psychology. BBIP trains the next generation of behavioral scientists with respect to biomedical conceptual frameworks and methods applied to understanding, treating and preventing adverse health conditions/disorders and promoting optimal health outcomes. BBIP students are trained in biological sciences, anatomy, and neuroscience in addition to doctoral training. 

FacultyRose BoozeSteven HarrodPete VentoCharlie Mactutus 

High-Performance Research Computing 

The Research Computing Center provides the University of South Carolina community with access to high-performance computing systems, remote and collaborative visualization resources, data storage, user services and software packages, assistance with HPC code development, and opportunities for computational research collaborations. These resources allow researchers within the Cognitive and Neural Sciences concentration to conduct machine learning simulations, assess quantitative methodologies and analyze neuroimaging data as well as large sample data sets. 

FacultyRutvik DesaiJessica GreenJohn RichardsChris RordenSvetlana ShinkarevaJennifer Vendemia

Institute for Mind and Brain 

The Institute for Mind and Brain is an integrated research hub for scientists interested in the structural and functional bases of higher cognitive processes in the human brain. The institute has facilities for research involving performance measures, HD-EEG/ERP recording, EMG and Eye-Tracking as well as computer laboratories. 

FacultyAmit AlmorRutvik DesaiJessica GreenCaitlin HudacJohn RichardsChris RordenSvetlana ShinkarevaJennifer VendemiaDoug Wedell

McCausland Center 

The McCausland Center for Brain Imaging houses the Siemens 3-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and supports the development and implementation of various MRI-related research paradigms. 

FacultyAmit AlmorRutvik DesaiJessica GreenCaitlin HudacJohn RichardsChris RordenSvetlana ShinkarevaJennifer VendemiaDoug Wedell

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