Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Learning type(s): In Person
Duration: 4 years
Degrees available: PhD
Domains: Cognition and Neural Network, Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, Motivation, Emotion and Behaviour, Neurogenesis and Development, Sensory Systems
Subdomains: Attention and Perception, Decision making and reasoning, Imaging methods, Intervention methods, Language and communication, Sensorimotor control, Social cognition and behavior, Tactile/somatosensory system
The Doctoral Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences engages students in an integrated program of research, instruction, and professional development in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology (animal cognition, attention, brain asymmetry, perception, reasoning, language, memory, sensory processing), experimental physics, computer science, linguistics and cognitive neuropsychology. Students actively participate in international research projects, seminars, and conferences based in the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, which includes the Laboratories of Functional Neuroimaging (LNIF), Animal Cognition and Neuroscience (ACN Lab), the CIMeC Language, Interaction and Computation Lab (CLIC), the Experimental Psychology Laboratories (EPL), and the Neuropsychology Lab (NPL). The length of the program is four years and its official language is English.
The Doctorate allows students to acquire the skills necessary to conduct advanced research on issues ranging from the main areas of cognitive neuroscience, a thorough knowledge of at least one specific field of inquiry, a general theoretical training as well as practical training related to use of the techniques and methodologies of neuroscience reserach as well as issues related to the nature, the representation, and the ‘processing’ of human language, investigated by means of computational, neuropsychological, and theoretical linguistics techniques. Training professionals with high-profile skills in reserach in cognitive neuroscience through the creation of a research program lasting four years, combined with educational activities, group discussions and supervision, the curriculum promotes the growth of future researchers capable of carrying out cognitively valid investigations.