[CogSci] Graduate student positions in cognition and cognitive neuroscience at USF

Schotter, Elizabeth eschotter at usf.edu
Sat Aug 24 14:06:19 PDT 2019

Dear friends and colleagues,
The Psychology Department at the University of South Florida is recruiting students for our PhD program this year. There are several areas, but I am writing on behalf of the Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience researchers in the experimental psychology area (called Cognitive, Neuroscience & Social-- CNS).  Would you please forward this announcement to talented and motivated undergraduates or recent graduates in your community (or any mailing lists that might reach them) and let them know that students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply?

The Cognitive group in the CNS area of the Department of Psychology invites qualified applicants to apply to our Ph.D. program starting in the 2020-2021 academic year.  We offer world-class, multidisciplinary training in cognitive research spanning several fields, including perception, attention, memory, language, and decision making. Our program offers training in a variety of empirical methods (e.g., behavioral, eye tracking, EEG/ERPs) and statistical methods (e.g., hierarchical regression, computational modeling, Bayesian analysis), as well as opportunities to collaborate with researchers in all areas of the Department of Psychology, other departments and schools at USF, as well as internationally. Students typically receive full funding, and enjoy a low cost of living in the beautiful, warm city of Tampa, Florida!

The following laboratory groups are accepting new members for the upcoming year:

The Eye Movements and Cognition Lab, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Schotter, applies advanced methods in eye tracking, ERPs, statistical analysis, and computational modeling to study a range of cognitive science questions, in particular understanding the component processes involved in reading and language processing, visual cognition and decision making, and attention. Lab website<https://emac-usf.com/>, eschotter at usf.edu<mailto:eschotter at usf.edu>.

The Dense Sensor Array EEG Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, directed by Dr. Geoffrey Potts, examines issues at the boundaries of cognitive, social, and clinical neuroscience. Research areas include the nature of the brain's response to novel and to rare events, the role of neural reward and punishment expectation systems in decision-making,how attention may arise from interaction between neural systems of perception and motivation, and the assessment of executive functions. gfpotts at usf.edu<mailto:gfpotts at usf.edu>.

The Judgment & Decision Making Lab, directed by Dr. Sandra Schneider, studies cognitive and motivational influences on decision making, with a focus on learning more about how people come to understand and react to risk and uncertainty. Our recent studies evaluate how problem representation, including context, can assist or undermine people’s understanding and choices in both good and bad situations. Lab Website<http://labs.cas.usf.edu/jdm/>, sandra at usf.edu<http://sandra@usf.edu/>.

The Memory Modeling Lab, co-directed by Dr. Kenneth Malmberg and Dr. Chad Dubé, conducts research on recognition memory and decision-making, using a variety of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, psychophysics, and EEG (Dr. Dubé) and develops and tests formal models of human memory (Dr. Malmberg). Dr. Dubé's aim is to understand the basic processes involved in recognition, and his approach borrows from principles discovered by computational neuroscientists in combination with ideas developed in the cognitive modeling literature. He takes a broad and comprehensive approach to recognition, stressing the importance of attention and perception in memory encoding and retrieval. chaddube at usf.edu<mailto:chaddube at usf.edu>.
Dr. Malmberg's current research interests concern understanding the relationship between memory and perception, Bayesian artificial intelligence approaches to autobiographical memory, and developing more efficient neuropsychological tests. malmberg at usf.edu<mailto:malmberg at usf.edu>.

The Attention and Scene Perception Lab, directed by Dr. Thomas Sanocki, examines human attention and everyday scene perception, and related issues in visual cognition. The lab develops novel behavioral methods, including open-ended report which yields insights into the richness of human perceptual experience. Recent topics include the time course of perceptual processes, effects of attention and attentional set, the bandwidth of perceptual experience, and relations between art, design, and perception.
Lab Website<http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/~sanocki/home.htm>. sanocki at usf.edu<mailto:sanocki at usf.edu>.

For more information about applying go here<http://psychology.usf.edu/grad/cog/appinfo/>, for admission requirements go here<http://psychology.usf.edu/grad/admission/adminreq/>, to start your application go here<https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/> and complete your application before December 1st 2019. Any general questions about applying to USF’s Psychology Department graduate program can be directed to Laura Pierce at lpierce at usf.edu<mailto:lpierce at usf.edu> or 813-974-0497<tel:813-974-0497>.
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