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M.S. in Cognitive Psychology in Context

Department of Psychology and Human Development

Duane Watson

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology in Context provides students with strong training in the science of cognitive psychology. Designed by Vanderbilt Peabody College faculty, the program focuses on how cognitive processes unfold in everyday contexts.

Thinking of pursuing doctoral studies in cognitive science? As part of our program, you'll have the opportunity to design a master's thesis that reports the results of your student-directed research project. You will develop this independent research project working in close collaboration with our internationally renowned faculty, acquiring the critical skills for master's students to successfully pursue future advanced research in a Ph.D. program or enter the job market.

Demand for workers with master's-level independent research experience is high, particularly in the cognitive sciences. Want to acquire the hands-on experience designing research, managing and analyzing data (and expertise using data analysis software) that jobs at research institutes, industry, and related settings require? Graduates pursue careers in research, education, non-profit organizations, technology companies, and a range of related professional contexts.

Program at a Glance

Master of Science (M.S.) in Cognitive Psychology in Context

Department of Psychology and Human Development

Program Director:  Maria Osina
Admissions Coordinator: Ally Armstead
Admission Term: Fall
Credit Hours: 36
Priority Application Deadline: December 31, 2021*

*We will continue to accept applications after this date, but applications will be evaluated for admission and scholarships as space and funds are available..

Program Curriculum

The 36-hour program includes courses and graduate seminars in cognition, cognitive development, data management and quantitative methods, and related areas of study. Although most students will complete a thesis, the program includes an option to replace the thesis with a capstone project and presentation. The capstone option may be particularly well-suited for students who wish to pursue industry employment after graduation.

Our faculty use experimentally based behavioral and brain-based methodologies to reveal the cognitive processes that underlie thinking and behavior in everyday settings. Many of our faculty combine research on basic processes with an interest in how cognition supports real-world performance and learning. Faculty research strengths include language, learning, neuroscience, visual cognition and learning, representation, the cognitive and brain bases of math learning, social cognition and emotion, learning in media and technological settings, and cognition in the arts.

 

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Faculty

James R. Booth
  • Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Sarah Brown-Schmidt
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Lisa Fazio
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Daniel Levin
  • Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Laura Novick
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Maria Osina
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Gavin Price
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Bethany Rittle-Johnson
  • Anita S. and Antonio M. Gotto Chair in Child Development; Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Craig Smith
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Development
Duane Watson
  • Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Dean
  • Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development