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Psychology

Field Description

Research facilities include: special rooms for research in problems of perception and cognition; a social-psychology laboratory equipped for experimental and observational studies; electrophysiological, histological, and chemical laboratories; surgery facilities; facilities for the maintenance and behavioral study of vertebrate and invertebrate laboratory animals; darkrooms and shops; an audiovisual studio equipped for the study of teaching; laboratory computers and interacting terminals with the capacity to control equipment in experiments and to do online processing and complex data analyses; and other specialized facilities, both on campus and at various off-campus locations.

Students develop an independent program of study in consultation with their Special Committee. The three primary members of the Special Committee must be chosen by the end of the first year; students are encouraged to select at least one member (not the chairperson) from a field other than psychology. The Director of Graduate Studies appoints a fourth member, whose function is to ensure that the student obtains adequate breadth of training.

The Special Committee oversees requirements that are established by the field. Current requirements include a first-year review and annual meetings of the Special Committee to review the student's progress; a research paper completed by the end of the first year and an oral report of the research presented to a meeting of students and faculty members; a one-year course in statistics and experimental design; at least ten hours a week of supervised teaching experience for at least two semesters; the Admission to Candidacy examination, which should be taken by the end of the third year (a Graduate School requirement); a written dissertation proposal, which must be accepted at a meeting of the Special Committee called for that purpose; and the doctoral dissertation itself with a final examination on the dissertation (Graduate School requirements).


Contact Information

Website: http://www.psych.cornell.edu/
Email: psychapp@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3834

211 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Psychology

  • behavorial and evolutionary neuroscience
  • perception, cognition and development
  • social and personality psychology

Faculty

Concentrations: Psychology: behavorial and evolutionary neuroscience Research Interests: hormonal, neuroendocrine and behavioral mechanisms responsible for the development and expression of animal social behavior, especially reproductive behavior; physiological and comparative psychology
Charles Brainerd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: cognitive development; social and personality development; cognitive neuroscience; memory and cognitive development; mathematical modeling; psychology and law
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: infant cognitive development and early word learning; interaction between cognition and early language learning
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: theories of intelligence; cognitive development; children and the law; children's testimonial competence
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: language of acquisition and processing; neural network models of language and statistical learning; neurophysiological (ERP) measures of statistical learning; language evolution
Concentrations: Psychology: behavorial and evolutionary neuroscience Research Interests: olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: perception of motion, depth and layout; event perception; perception of cinema and pictures; structural and functional analyses or perceptual stimuli
Concentrations: Psychology: behavorial and evolutionary neuroscience Research Interests: neural basis of female bird song discrimination; interplay between the hippocamus and other brain areas in spatial memory; behavior and brain evolution
Shimon Edelman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: human and machine cognition; visual recognition; natural language processing
Melissa Ferguson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: automatic attitudes; the interface of affect, knowledge accessibility and motivation; social hypothesis testing and decision-making
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: theories and models of sensory coding and visual processing; visual perception; relations between the structure of the natural environment and the representation of that environment by sensory systems
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: everyday judgment and decision making; critical thinking and belief; egocentrism, optimism, pessimism, satisfaction and regret; behavioral economics; gambling
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: human experimental psychology
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: work motivation; job attitudes; work performance; worker participation in management; employee stock ownership; leadership; organizational effectiveness; trade union effectiveness and leadership
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: human communication and language use
Cynthia Hazan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: development and function of emotional bonds between adult sexual/romantic partners; human mating from an attachment theory and evolutionary perspective
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development; social and personality psychology Research Interests: social and personal psychology, perception cognition and development
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: cognitive development; scientific reasoning; conceptual development; problem solving and reasoning
Amy R. Krosch - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: human perception and cognition; cognitive processes in music perception and memory, application of mathematical models to psychological data; multidimensional scaling and clustering
Tamar Kushnir - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: perception, cognition and development
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: improvements in sensory test methods applied to food analysis; effects of stimulus context on psychophysical judgments; studies of taste, smell and oral tactile perception
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: language and mind, especially first language acquisition; linguistic theory of Universal Grammar; cognitive development
David A. Pizarro - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: moral judgment; moral intuitions (especially concerning moral responsibility, and the permissibility or impermissibility of certain acts); biases that affect moral judgment
Rajeev Raizada - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: perception, cognition and development
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: experimental social psychology, especially causal attribution and interpersonal influence; evolutionary theory and social behavior
Valerie Reyna - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: cognitive development; social and personality development; memory; judgment; and decision making
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: the development of same-sex attractions, behaviors and identities; gay, lesbian and bisexual youth; gender nonconformity; clinical psychology; personality and social development during adolescence
Harry G. Segal - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: personality and social development
R. Nathan Spreng - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests:
Robert J. Sternberg - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development
Khena Swallow - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development Research Interests: Perception, Cognition and Development
Felix Thoemmes - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Psychology: perception, cognition and development
Vivian Zayas - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology Research Interests: social and personality psychology
Emily Zitek - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Psychology: social and personality psychology