About Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology

Subject fitted with a Electroencephalogram (EEG) cap to see the fine details of when brain activity occurs.

Below are some frequently asked questions about our program:

How large is the Cognitive Neuroscience group?

We have seven regular faculty members (Anderson, Danckert, Dixon, Ellard, Fernandes, Itier, Smilek) as well as Suzanne Tyas who holds a joint appointment with Health Studies and Gerontology. We typically have between twenty to twenty five graduate students at different stages of their graduate careers.

What are your research interests?

Cognitive Neuroscience at Waterloo is shaped by the specific research interests of the faculty. Currently, faculty members and their graduate students are studying how previous experience shapes the manner in which we process information, visual neglect, gambling addictions, how we navigate through real and virtual spaces, memory across the lifespan, face processing and disorders of face processing, mind-wandering and attention, Alzheimer’s Disease.

How is your program organized?

In the Cognitive Neuroscience area, the applicant is typically first admitted to the MA program with the expectation that the student will continue to the PhD.

How long does it take to complete a PhD?

Our PhD program, typically takes from four to six years to complete. It takes time to develop the skills and publication record that ensure you will be competitive on the job market.

How does your funding work?

See Funding and Awards for future students for details.


Cognitive Neuroscience Core Faculty