COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP


The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Research Interest Group is comprised of students and faculty who have interests in understanding the relationship between the human brain and cognitive and affective processes, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, language, social cognition, emotion, emotion regulation, and health. In addition to the formal coursework that is part of this RIG, students engage in research using several different techniques available for studying the human brain, including behavioral, neuroendocrine, and psychophysiological methods, patient-based studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), event-related potentials (ERP), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

A Certification in Health Psychology is also offered for graduate students with a primary affiliation in another RIG. To get a Certification in Health Psychology added to their graduate degree, students must complete the four courses listed under Affective/Health Track Core Courses.

Faculty

Jim Dannemiller 
Bryan Denny 
Chris Fagundes  
Simon Fischer-Baum 
Randi Martin 
Jim Pomerantz


Primary contact: Randi Martin 

Master's Course Requirements

Download PDF for Candidacy Petition 

Note: Students choose either the Cognitive Track or the Affective/Health Track

Core Courses (all required)  
1. Psyc 502 – Advanced Psychological Statistics I
2. Psyc 503 – Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3. Psyc 520 – Foundations of Cognitive Psychology

Weekly Research Seminar (Students must pick one of the following two and attend that seminar throughout their enrollment in the relevant track)
1. Psyc 529 – Weekly Cognitive Research Seminar – every semester
2. Psyc 5XX – Weekly Health Research Seminar – every semester

Neuroscience Core Courses (2 required) 
1. Psyc 574 – Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
2. Psyc 575/Neur 501 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention and Perception
3. Psyc 576/Neur 502 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Higher Cognitive Functions\
4. Psyc 5XX/Neur XXX – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Social and Affective Neuroscience
5. Psyc 577 – Introduction to Functional Neuroanatomy (Baylor) or equivalent UT course

Cognitive Track Core Courses (1 required) 
1. Psyc 524 – Memory
2. Psyc 525 – Psycholinguistics
3. Psyc 527 – Decision Making/Problem Solving
4. Psyc 581 – Vision Science

Affective/Health Track Core Courses (1 required) 
1. PSYC 5XX: Intro to Health
2. PSYC 5XX: Stress & Health
3. PSYC 5XX: Health Behavior
4. PSYC 550: Foundations of Social Psychology

Course Requirements for Provisional Admission to Master's Candidacy

The following are required before you can defend your Master's thesis. 
1. All three Core Courses
2. Weekly research seminar
3. One course from Neuroscience Core Courses
 

Doctoral Course Requirements

Download PDF for Candidacy Petition
Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2011 are permitted to use the old candidacy requirements: Download PDF for Candidacy Petition (pre-2011)

Note: Students choose either the Cognitive Track or the Affective/Health Track

Core Courses (all required)  
1. Psyc 502 – Advanced Psychological Statistics I
2. Psyc 503 – Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3. Psyc 520 – Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
4. Psyc 574 – Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
5. Psyc 577 – Introduction to Functional Neuroanatomy (Baylor) or equivalent UT course
6. Psyc 660 – Professional Issues

Weekly Research Seminar (Students must pick one of the following two and attend that seminar throughout their enrollment in the relevant track)
1. Psyc 529 – Weekly Cognitive Research Seminar – every semester
2. Psyc 5XX – Weekly Health Research Seminar – every semester

Neuroscience Core Courses (2 required) 
1. Psyc 575/Neur 501 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention and Perception
2. Psyc 576/Neur 502 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Higher Cognitive Functions
3. Psyc 5XX/Neur XXX – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Social and Affective Neuroscience

Cognitive Track Core Courses (2 required) 
1. Psyc 524 – Memory
2. Psyc 525 – Psycholinguistics
3. Psyc 527 – Decision Making/Problem Solving
4. Psyc 581 – Vision Science 

Affective/Health Track Core Courses (all required) 
1. PSYC 5XX: Intro to Health
2. PSYC 5XX: Stress & Health
3. PSYC 5XX: Health Behavior
4. PSYC 550: Foundations of Social Psychology 

Electives (2 required) 
1. Psyc 511 – History and Systems of Psychology
2. Psyc 522 – Information Processing and Attention
3. Psyc 524 – Memory
4. Psyc 525 – Psycholinguistics
5. Psyc 527 – Decision Making/Problem Solving
6. Psyc 543 – Computational Modeling of Cognitive Processes
7. Psyc 550 – Foundations of Social Psychology
8. Psyc 575/Neur 501 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Attention and Perception
9. Psyc 576/Neur 502 – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Higher Cognitive Functions
10. Psyc 5XX/Neur XXX – Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience: Social and Affective Neuroscience
11. Psyc 578 – Methods and Theory in Cognitive Neuropsychology
12. Psyc 579 –Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications
13. Psyc 580 – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
14. UT GS140024 – Systems Neuroscience
15. Psyc 581 – Vision Science
16. Psyc 620 – Topics in Cognitive Psychology (may be taken once)
17. Psyc 621 – Topics in Memory (may be taken once)
18. Psyc 622 – Topics in Psycholinguistics (may be taken once)
19. Psyc 665 – Seminar in Genes and Cognition
20. Psyc 681 – Perceptual Organization
21. Psyc 6XX Topics in Affective Science (may be taken once)
22. Psyc XXX Neuroimmunology
23. Psyc XXX Emotion Regulation
24. Neur 430 – Human Neuroimaging
25. Neur 505 – Optical Imaging in Neuroscience
26. Neur 511 – Integrative Neuroscience Core I
27. Neur 512 – Integrative Neuroscience Core II
28. Neur 671 – Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
29. Bioe 592 – Sensory Neuroengineering
30. Bioe 685 – Fundamentals of Medical Imaging