Ph.D. in Cognitive, Developmental, or Social Psychology
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Our Philosophy of Graduate Training
Graduate students trained in Cognitive, Developmental, Social, or Quantitative Psychology follow a single curriculum with a uniform set of requirements, but their research programs and seminar courses focus on their unique areas of interest.
In addition to teaching introductory graduate courses in each of these core areas, we regularly offer specialized seminars in such topics as Cognitive aging; Creativity; Developmental cognitive neuroscience; Development of impression formation; Meta-analysis; Metacognition; Self and identity; and Variation in executive control. Our students also take advanced statistical courses in the Department of Educational Research Methodology and may register for particular courses of interest at nearby institutions such as Duke University, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill.
Students have the opportunity to study mind, brain, and behavior at multiple levels of analysis (neural, individual, and social) with diverse techniques. Equipment facilities include a 64 channel ERP system (Brain Products: actiCHamp and actiCap active electrodes system), remote eye tracking system (SensoMotoric Products), and access to a 3T scanner (Siemens Magnetom Trio).
Our philosophy can be summed up as cooperative, and the small size of our program ensures individualized attention for all students. Although students work directly with a faculty advisor, following a mentor-apprentice model, they also have considerable freedom to collaborate with other faculty and students within and beyond the Department. Indeed, we encourage students to publish with several faculty members before they graduate. Greensboro’s central location in NC has resulted in close ties to other top departments, creating opportunities for our students to take courses, collaborate, and network.
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List of faculty who plan to admit graduate students to the cognitive, developmental, or social programs for 2021-2022: Boseovski, Cassidy*, Dejesus, Kane*, Levine, Marcovitch, Nancekivell, Silvia, Wahlheim*, Wiley, Zell
*Denotes that the faculty member is recruiting students only for the Terminal MA program. Faculty who are not listed above will not be recruiting any students for the 2021-2022 academic year.
NOTE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, submitting GRE scores is OPTIONAL for applicants to the MA-PhD program in Cognitive, Developmental, or Social Psychology and to the Terminal MA program in General Experimental Psychology, for entry in Fall 2021. We recommend that applicants consult with their UNCG faculty advisor(s) of interest to further discuss their best application strategy.
In addition to their individual research programs, faculty and graduate students from all areas meet and collaborate around topics of special interest. Some of these interest areas are formalized as regularly meeting research groups (click on hyperlinks for more information where applicable), and others are less structured or simply represent “hubs” of overlapping interests. Please check back as more research groups are added!
The experimental psychology programs host a “brown-bag” lecture series that is open to the public, but attended primarily by Psychology faculty and graduate students. Faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate-student speakers come from not just our department, but also from nearby programs such as Duke, Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC Charlotte, Salem College, and Davidson College. All talks are scheduled for Fridays at 3:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. To receive regular announcements about the brown bags, contact Dr. Chris Wahlheim or Dr. Brittany Cassidy. Access the schedule for Fall 2019 here.