The faculty in cognitive psychology have research programs focused on human memory, language processing, categorization, reasoning, computational modeling, and cognitive aging. The emphasis in the cognitive psychology program is focused on acquiring exceptionally strong research skills in a domain chosen by the student, working closely with individual faculty members and using multiple dependent measures to study a given area. Faculty members and students in the cognitive psychology program have research interests and collaborations that overlap with those in every other program areasin the Department. In addition to strong intersections with the Visual Cognition and Human Performance and Cognitive Neuroscience programs, there are also collaborations with social, developmental, and quantitative psychologists.
Cognitive psychology faculty offer a large array of graduate courses that cover the field of cognitive psychology in an exceptionally comprehensive manner. Students develop a specialized course of study designed to provide expertise in their particular areas of interest, but also acquire breadth in the field through coursework outside the program area and well as through interdisciplinary collaborations. All students complete a first year project that is presented to the faculty at a weekly research seminar attended by all students and faculty in the program. By the end of the third year, students will have completed the Comprehensive Examination as well as the majority of their course work. The material to be covered on the Comprehensive Examination is jointly decided by the student and his or her faculty advisor. The remaining years in the program are devoted to completing a dissertation, publishing data collected earlier, as well as developing depth and breadth in preparation for a career in academia, industry, or government service, with the majority of students entering academia.
Facilities and Resources
The facilities associated with cognitive psychology are superlative. Every faculty member has substantial laboratory space in either the Psychology Department or Beckman Institute dedicated to his or her research program. All students have access to a vast array of state of the art technologies and methodologies as well as a high end computing environment. Tools available to study cognition, in addition to traditional behavioral methods, include a research-dedicated head only 3 Tesla scanner for functional neuroimaging, as well as optical imaging, EEG/ERP, and eye-tracking. Students have access to many different subject populations, including older adults, children, and clinic populations. The technical resources available to students in cognitive psychology are among the most comprehensive and best in the world for the study of human cognition.
Affiliated Departments, Programs and Institutes
All faculty members in cognitive psychology have appointments in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. In addition, faculty members collaborate with faculty members in other Departments at UIUC, including Linguistics, Engineering, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, the Genomics Institute, and the Institute of Aviation. Cross-cultural research opportunities for the study of cognition are also available in China and Singapore.
Cognitive Psychology Faculty
Aaron S. Benjamin, Professor
Human learning, memory, and decision-making.
Office: Room 827 | (217) 333-6822 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary S. Dell, Professor
Language production and comprehension; connectionist models of psycholinguistic phenomena.
Office: Room 833 | (217) 244-1294 | email@example.com
Kara D. Federmeier, Professor
Neurobiological basis of meaning, including how world knowledge derived from multiple modalities is organized in the brain, how it is used during language comprehension, and how it is accessed and used by the two cerebral hemispheres.
Office: Room 831 | (217) 333-8303 | firstname.lastname@example.org
John E. Hummel, Professor
Relational processing in perception and cognition. Neurocomputational origins of relational (i.e., symbolic) thought.
Office: Room 825 | (217) 265-6090 | email@example.com
Lili Sahakyan, Associate Professor
Human long-term memory, specifically various forgetting phenomena, from incidental forgetting that arises without any intention to forget to motivated forgetting, and how memory for events and event boundaries influence time estimates.
Office: Room 835 | firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Kathryn Bock, Professor Emeritus
How people turn thoughts into speech, including: how the features of ideas affect language forms; what goes wrong when speakers make errors in selecting or arranging words; and the cognitive processes that control how words are arranged.
Office: Room 811 | (217) 244-1121 | email@example.com
William F. Brewer, Professor Emeritus
Cognitive psychology; cognitive science; knowledge representation; acquisition of knowledge; discourse; reading comprehension; psychology of science; and history of psychology.
Office: Room 629 | (217) 333-1548 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Donelson E. Dulany, Professor Emeritus
Experimental analysis and theory of intentional action, causal reasoning, and implicit learning; mentalistic metatheory.
Office: Room 421 | (217) 333-2971 | email@example.com
Susan M. Garnsey, Associate Professor Emeritus
Language processing; resolution of syntactic and lexical ambiguity and context effects on that resolution; the effect of prosody on disambiguation; on-line techniques for measuring language comprehension; word recognition; and language/brain relationships.
Brian H. Ross, Professor Emeritus
Cognitive psychology issues in learning, memory, problem solving and categorization. In particular: problem-solving and learning in complex domains, categorization, learning, and use of concepts. Remindings and the use of memory.
Edward J. Shoben, Professor Emeritus
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