Cognition – (Pullman and Spokane campuses)
The study of mental processes and how they relate to brain function are a major focus of human research in the department. Areas of faculty expertise include attention, perception, action representation, memory, decision making, affect and non-affective factors in decision making, sleep deprivation and cognition, and general information processing at both the micro and macro levels. Some faculty collaborate with others in the neuroscience program, particularly on the WSU Spokane campus, to understand the relationship between sleep and various areas of cognition. Also, some faculty collaborate with researchers at the University of Idaho and Wright Patterson Air Force Base who conduct attention, perception, memory, and decision making in applied environments. Students entering the program with an emphasis on cognition will follow the general requirements of all experimental students and must take Psych 592 (Memory and Affective Basis of Behavior), then design an elective program that suits their specific needs and aspirations. It is expected that students in this specialty area will take supplemental courses in computer science, statistics, neuroscience, and engineering psychology/human factors based on consultation with a faculty advisor.