Students in the CPCN area are encouraged to acquire a broad background in the cognitive and perceptual sciences as well as mastery of one or more specialty areas. In addition to developing an individualized research plan with a faculty advisor, students in the CPCN area are required to take a modest set of core content courses including statistics, and a selection from courses in memory, perception, cognitive neuroscience, cognition and neuroanatomy. Students may also select from courses in fMRI methods and modeling, EEG, matlab programming, multivariate statistics and computational neuroscience. These methods courses in the CPCN area provide rigorous training in the rapidly growing field of cognitive neuroscience. In addition to their content and methods courses, there are a variety of seminars, including the weekly CPCN Seminar. The seminar series attracts many prominent cognitive and perceptual scientists to the campus and also offers opportunities for students and faculty within the program to present their current work. Students may also choose to enhance and broaden their training through interdisciplinary emphases in Cognitive Science and Quantitative Methods.
Students also have access to the neuroimaging facilities in the UCSB Brain Imaging Center, which is located in the basement of the new addition to the Psychology Building. The main research tool of this center is a Siemens 3 Tesla MRI scanner that is fully dedicated to research. Other facilities on campus that enrich the program include the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, the Neuroscience Research Institute and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.
Recognizing that prospective students have many choices when deciding which graduate program to attend, the CPCN faculty has carefully designed a program with the goal of preparing students to be leading researchers and educators. What makes the CPCN program at UCSB unique and different from other programs around the country?
- A unique intellectual environment in which students get first hand exposure and personal interaction to the most world prominent scientists visiting our campus through the speaker and fellow Sage Center
- Access to state of the art research tools in a highly collaborative environment. A unique aspect of the CPCN program is the use of many state of the art research tools including brain imaging, high-density EEG, virtual reality, eye and limb tracker technology, and innovative mathematical/computer modeling.
- The study of theoretical issues and real world problems in cognition, perception and action. The range of real world problems that CPCN faculty study is broad with implications in the fields of education, medicine, human factors, and law. Topics include false memory, the study of the use of multimedia in learning, human/computer interaction, spatial cognition in surgical skills, the perception of medical images, and neuro-metrics.
- Emphasis on preparing graduate students for successful academic careers in research and teaching as well as opportunities in the private sector.
- Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research groups in CPCN include the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group, and the Cognition and Technology Research Group. In addition, members of CPCN are active participants of UCSB interdisciplinary programs including the Cognitive Science Program, the Center for Information Technology, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
We encourage you to contact a faculty member for any of your questions!