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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 department.

What departments are associated with the cogsci Ph.D. program?

Currently, four departments are associated with the joint cognitive science Ph.D. program: Child Development, Computer Science, Education, 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 cogsci advisors:

Child Development:
Eileen Crehan, Calvin Gidney, Tama Leventhal

Computer Science:
J.P. de Ruiter, Rob Jacob, Matthias Scheutz

Barbara Brizuela, David Hammer

Christoph Borgers

Daniel Dennett, Ray Jackendoff

Stephanie Badde, Rich Chechile, Robert Cook, J.P. de Ruiter, Ariel M. Goldberg, Phillip J. Holcomb, Gina Kuperberg, Elizabeth Race, Holly A. Taylor Ayanna Thomas, Heather Urry
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.