The cognitive science program spans a wide range of interests, including perception, memory, thought, language and action. Research methods include psychophysics, measures of behavioural performance and movement, brain imaging and computational modeling. The primary aim of the program is to ensure that each student acquires an in-depth understanding of research and theorizing in their area of specialization, and that they build up a substantive record of innovative research in that area. Initially, students will work in close collaboration with an advisor, but they are expected to develop into independent researchers as they progress through the program.

Prospective graduate student applicants are encouraged to contact members of the core faculty directly to inquire about training opportunities in specific research areas. Formal applications are made through the Department’s Graduate Secretary.


M.A. Program

The M.A. program requires the completion of two courses in statistics, four courses in cognitive science, one breadth course in psychology (but outside cognitive science), and a thesis. The M.A. program is intended to be completed in 2 years.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program requires the completion of two further courses in cognitive science, two breadth courses, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. The Ph.D. program is typically completed in 3-4 years after the M.A.


The area is fortunate in having varied and extensive laboratory facilities housed in an attractive building designed specifically for psychological research. All laboratories are equipped with state-of the art equipment such as computers and eye movement monitors. Most computers are connected to a campus-wide wireless network, which in turn provides access to all libraries on and off the campus, to e-mail, fax facilities and Internet. The area has access to several clinical populations of interest to cognitive scientists (e.g., infants, children, split brain patients, Alzheimer's disease, or Huntington's disease, head injury, multiple sclerosis, patients undergoing anesthesia). The area also has access to brain imaging facilities including fMRI, MEG, and 64-channel EEG.


Kalina Christoff (Associate Professor), Ph.D. Stanford, 2001

Stanley Coren (Professor Emeritus), FRSC, Ph.D. Stanford, 1968

Eric Eich (Distinguished University Scholar, Professor), FRSC, Ph.D. Toronto, 1979

James Enns (Distinguished University Scholar, Professor), FRSC, Ph.D. Princeton, 1984

Deborah Giaschi (Associate Professor), Ph.D. York University

Peter Graf (Professor), Ph.D. McMaster, 1981

Todd Handy (Associate Professor), Ph.D. U. California-Davis, 1998

Alan Kingstone (Distinguished University Scholar, Professor & Head), Ph.D. University of Manchester, 1990

Ronald Rensink (Associate Professor), Ph.D. UBC, 1992

Lawrence Ward (Professor), Ph.D. Duke, 1971



Geoff Hall (Professor), PhD, Harvard, 1991

Janet Werker (Canada Research Chair, Professor), FRSC, PhD, UBC, 1982


Christian RichardBatelle Memorial Institute (Sr. Research Scientist)
David PrimeUniversité de Montreal (PDF)
David ShoreMcMaster University (Asst. Prof.)
Erin AustenSt. Francis Xavier University (Asst. Prof.)
Geniva LiuDalhousie University (PDF)
Jillian FecteauUniversity of Amsterdam (PDF)
John McDonaldSimon Fraser University (Tier II CRC Asst. Prof.)
Matthew TataLethbridge University (Asst. Prof.)
Robert WestCarleton University (Assoc. Prof.)
Troy VisserUBC-Okanagan (Asst. Prof.)
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