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    The Psychology Department at the University of California at Davis has an active graduate program in cognition, perception, cognitive development, and cognitive neuroscience. We offer an innovative training program that emphasizes state of the art approaches to current issues in psychology and brain science.

    Research topics include: memory and memory development, symbol processing and language development, mechanisms of attention, visual perception, visual cognition, psycholinguistics, psychology of law, and computational modeling. We participate in several interdisciplinary programs, including the newly established Center for Neuroscience, and the graduate programs in Human Development, Linguistics, and Neuroscience.

    The program offers a dynamic intellectual atmosphere that includes close faculty-student interactions. Modern laboratory facilities enable cutting-edge research using a variety of methods -- these include cognitive, computational, developmental, psychophysical, human electrophysiological, and neuroimaging approaches. Fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available.

    UC Davis is a world-class research university. Its Psychology Department contains five major "areas": Developmental, Perception-Cognition, Biological Psychology, Quantitative, and Social-Personality. Boundaries between the areas are fluid and students are encouraged to take seminars in all five.

    The town of Davis offers a wealth of intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. It has beautiful parks, miles of bicycle paths, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Numerous opportunities also exist within an easy commute from Davis because of its close proximity to California's capital of Sacramento, the world famous Napa and Sonoma wine country, the San Francisco Bay area, and Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra.

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    Faculty

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              David Amaral's website
    (Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Neuroscience. Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1977)
    Neurobiology of memory, hippocampal function
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              Kathleen Baynes's website
    (Professor, Ph.D.,Cornell University,1984)
    Hemispheric differences in language processing
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              Cameron Carter's website
    (Professor, M.D., University of Western Australia School of Medicine)
    Neural mechanisms of attention and memory,pathophysiological processes underlying clinical disorders that involve these cognitive systems. Integrating behavioral, computational, and functional neuroimaging
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              Zhe Chen's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1991 )
    Children's thinking and learning processes
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              David Corina's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1991)
    Research: Cognitive Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinquistics, Signed and Spoken Language Processing
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              Charles DeCarli's website
    (Professor, Professor of Neurology, MD, George Washington University, 1982)
    vascular factors and cognitive control processes in normal aging and dementia
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              Elizabeth Disbrow's website
    (Assistant Adjunct Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, CA, 1996)
    Cortical organization and functional MRI
              Arne Ekstrom's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., Brandeis University , 2004)
    spatial memory, EEG, fMRI, hippocampus, hippocampal area, episodic memory, combined EEG/FMRI
              Joy Geng's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, 2003)
    fMRI, eye-tracking
              Simona Ghetti's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2002)
    Memory development
              Gail Goodman's website
    (Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977 )
    Child abuse, children's memory and eyewitness testimony
              Katharine Graf Estes's website
    (Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007)
    Investigates how infants learn from statistical regularities in the language they hear and the nature of what they learn
              Petr Janata's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1996)
    Cognitive neuroscience of music
              Kristin Lagattuta's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1999)
    Children's knowledge about thinking and emotion, early psychological understanding
              Debra Long's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., Memphis State University, 1989)
    Language processing, reading ability
              Steve Luck's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1993)
    Attention, Visual Working Memory, Event-Related Potentials
              George R. Mangun's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1987)
    Cognitive neuroscience of attention and awareness
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              Lisa M. Soederberg Miller's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 1997)
    cognitive aging, social cognition and aging
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              Lee Miller's website
    (Assistant Professor, PhD Bioengineering from the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley)
    Neural bases of auditory perception and speech recognition
              Lisa Oakes's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, Psychology 1991)
    Research involves the origins and early development of mental abilities in infancy.
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              Beth Ober's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., Psychology University of California, Berkeley, 1982)
    Memory and language processes in normal and abnormal aging
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              John Olichney's website
    (Associate Professor, M.D., University of California Irvine, 1988)
    Physiology of human memory and language disorders
              Charan Ranganath's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1999)
    Neurocognitive structure of human memory
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              Gregg Recanzone's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1990)
    neural correlates of auditory and visual perception
              Susan Rivera's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1998)
    Development of symbolic representation; developmental neuroscience; neurodevelopmental disorders
              Jeff Sherman's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994)
    Social cognition; stereotyping and prejudice, impression formation, self-perception
              Tamara Swaab's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Nijmegen and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands, 1996)
    Cognitive and neural architectures of normal language comprehension
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              Diane Swick's website
    (Associate Adjunct Professor, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1991)
    Cognitive neuropsychology of memory and language, human electrophysiology
              Matthew Traxler's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1993 )
    Memory, cognitive processes, semantic processing, syntactic parsing
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              Martin Usrey's website
    (Professor, Ph.D. 1994, Duke University )
    Neural circuits that serve vision and the relationship between circuit activity, behavior and perception.
              Brian Wiltgen's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., UCLA, 2003)
    Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
              Andrew Yonelinas's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., McMaster University, 1995)
    Human memory

    *Faculty in the PCCN area of Psychology who also have primary appointments in other departments.

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    Related Faculty

     
    David Amaral

    (Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Neuroscience. Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1977) neurobiology of memory, hippocampal function

    Kenneth H. Britten

    (Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1987) neuronal circuitry in the extrastriate visual cortex motion system

    Katherine Gibbs

    (Lecturer, Department of Psychology. Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 1986) language development, reading abilities and cognitive strategies

    Gregg H. Recanzone

    (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Ph.D.,Universitv of California, San Francisco, 1990) neural correlates of auditory and visual perception

    Mitchell L. Sutter

    (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Ph.D., University. of California, San Francisco, 1991) acoustic processing and plasticity in the central nervous system

    Julie Schweitzer
    (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and M.I.N.D. Institute.
    Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990)  ADHD, cognitive and neural dysfunction)

     

    *Related faculty in the PCCN area of Psychology who also have primary appointments in other departments.

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