Rutgers University Department of Psychology Newark
Graduate Program in Psychology
Concentrations in Neuroscience/Biopsychology, Cognition/Perception, and Social Psychology
Students entering the graduate program in psychology can take courses of study leading to a Ph.D. in psychology with specializations in cognitive neuroscience/biopsychology, cognition/perception, and social psychology. Students may also earn a joint doctoral degree in Psychology and one of 10 majors in the Graduate School of Business.
Current research in neuroscience/biopsychology focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying learning, motivation, decision-making, emotion and sensation. Students are trained in the design, implementation, and analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments, or in behavioral and cellular neuroscience techniques.
Experimental and computational research in the area of cognition emphasizes learning, memory, judgment and decision-making and categorization. Research in perception focuses on psychophysical studies of color, luminance, depth, shape, motion and perception-action coupling. Developmental research in the area investigates the perception and representation of numerosity, animacy, intentionality and emotion.
The social psychology concentration focuses on inter-group relations (stereotyping and prejudice, interracial feedback biases, social and political conflicts), interpersonal relations (attachment, disclosure, mediation of conflict, social support, social perception, violence and aggression), intrapersonal processes (emotions, psychosocial resources, social cognition), and social development. The concentration also examines social applications to education, media, organizations, and mental/physical health. Methodologies include laboratory-based experiments, longitudinal lab and field-based studies, large-population surveys, observations, interviews, and intervention/evaluation designs.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities in the adjacent Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, the College of Business (Information Sciences), the College of Nursing, the Department of Biological Sciences, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology as well as adjunct courses listed in related areas (such as linguistics, philosophy, or cognitive science) on the New Brunswick campus.
A written qualifying examination is given after the completion of basic course work at the end of the second year. Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, students advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and must submit a thesis proposal, carry out their thesis research, and then defend their dissertation.
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