Texas Tech University

Ph.D. Program

Welcome to the Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience program at Texas Tech University! We are a group of faculty, students and researchers who study a range of human behaviors and cognitive processes as well as their implementation in the brain. Broad topics covered by our collective include (but are not limited to):

  • Category formation and neural representation within the contexts of basic, health and clinical research
  • Selective attention and its impact on vision, perception and decision-making
  • Language learning and reading comprehension
  • Brain mechanisms of addictive behaviors
  • Understanding and optimizing brain functioning and behavior over the lifespan
  • Translational research on preventive intervention techniques related to behavioral problems and mental disorders over the lifespan
  • The psychology of art creation and appreciation
  • Human-animal interactions and the cognitive processing associated with pet-related information
  • Education-related metacognition and multimedia learning, both in the context of basic and applied research
  • Student study and learning behaviors

Housed within a Tier One Carnegie research-extensive institution, our Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience program has on-campus access to state-of-the art research-dedicated equipment and facilities, including the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI) located in the Experimental Sciences building. We utilize a variety of behavioral, physiological and neural methods to aid our investigations, including: computational modeling; laboratory testing; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); psychophysics; eye tracking; skin conductance; heart rate variability and cortisol levels; electroencephalography (EEG); and wet lab techniques. Thus, we provide a multitude of experimental methods to our graduate students, who are expected to become active in research from the outset and continue to engage in research throughout the degree program.

A Sample of Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience Course Offerings:
(To be chosen by the student with the guidance of his/her advisor and according to degree requirements)

  • Seminar in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience of Vision
  • Neuroscience of Emotion and Social Behavior
  • Biological Bases of Behavior and Psychological Function
  • Seminar in Metacognition
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • fMRI Design and Analysis
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Advanced Correlation Methods and Factor Analysis