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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Cognition/Cognitive Development

Application Deadline: Dec. 1          Apply!

University of Wyoming Psychology Cognitive/Cognition graduate programs

Psychology graduate students with interests in Cognition or Cognitive Development engage in doctoral training that promotes expertise in the theories, current knowledge, and research paradigms in these areas. Cognition topics include memory, prospective memory, information processing in applied tasks, and cognitive aging. Cognitive Development topics include children's developing theory of mind, social cognition, meta cognition, moral development, adults' optimal development and world views. In both areas, research activities are strongly emphasized.

Throughout their four-year careers, students are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with one or more faculty and with other students. This flexible training equips graduates for employment in academia, research institutions, government agencies, and a variety of service-related settings. 

Ph.D. Requirements

Doctoral students in Cognition or Cognitive Development are expected to complete:

  • four core psychology courses (Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Developmental Psychology),
  • two statistics courses, and a methodology course,
  • coursework appropriate to their research foci as determined in consultation with their mentors and graduate committees,
  • a Master's thesis and dissertation on topics in biological or cognitive psychology, and
  • pass a qualifying exam, developed by each student in collaboration with his or her graduate committee.


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Cognition/Cognitive Development Faculty

Karen Bartsch, Ph. D. (U. Michigan, 1988)
Cognitive and meta-cognitive development.

David Estes, Ph. D. (U. Michigan, 1986)
Optimal Development, Belief Systems, Worldviews, Theories of Human Nature.

Meredith Minear, Ph.D. (U. of Michigan Ann Arbor 2004)
Plasticity, Cognitive training, executive function

Narina Nunez, Ph. D. (Cornell U., 1987)
Adolescent Decision-Making, Juror and Jury Reasoning and Decision-Making.

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