This is a specialty program embedded within two graduate programs of the Field of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and the Neuroscience Program at Weill Cornell Medical College combining the strengths of both larger programs in basic and applied clinical research in development, learning and cognition. The program in Cornell-Ithaca specializes in basic analysis of perception, cognition, communication and decision making, grounded in developmental and evolutionary prespectives, with a strong computational emphasis. Weill Cornell is an outstanding research facility for investigation of the development, structure and function of the nervous system, particularly in the areas of attention, learning and language, using a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including pharmacology, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, imaging, genomic and transgenic approaches within animal models and specific clinical populations.
In general, students will begin their fundamental training on the Ithaca campus, and continue in Weill, with joint mentorship, two annual meetings and teleconferenced seminars to integrate their graduate experience throughout the training, though considerable flexibility is possible depending on the particular project of interest and source of funding. Students will emerge from this training with exceptional training in both how to choose and design research questions and how to apply this skill in clinical settings with the most current and powerful techniques.