Frequently Asked Questions
Why a joint Ph.D. in cognitive science?A joint Ph.D. in cognitive science and your home field will improve
your competitiveness on the job market, given that it includes both
a traditional disciplinary component and a formally recognized
interdisciplinary component. For example, a student who graduates
with a joint Ph.D. in computer science and cognitive science will be
qualified both for positions in computer science and for
interdisciplinary positions outside of typical computer science
settings, such as a cognitive science position in a psychology
What departments are associated with the cogsci Ph.D.
Currently, three departments are associated with the joint cognitive
science Ph.D. program: Child Development, Computer Science, and
Psychology. If you are enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a department
that is currently not associated with the cognitive science program,
it may still be possible for you to enroll in the program if the
department becomes associated with the cognitive science program
(please contact the program director for details).
Who are potential cognitive science faculty advisors?
The following faculty from six different departments are currently
associated with the cognitive science program and can thus serve as
If you have in mind another possible faculty advisor with research
interests in cognitive science who is interested in becoming
associated with the cognitive science program, please ask this
faculty member to contact the program director.
Ariel M. Goldberg,
Holly A. Taylor,
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