The Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program is a graduate program within the Department of Psychology that specializes in training students in the neural bases of human behavior, cognition, and perception. This research focused graduate program has strong collaborative links with several other departments on campus, including Biology, Medicine, Computer Science; the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience; and the COBRE-sponsored Center for Integrative Neuroscience. The department has also established collaborative research initiatives with multiple research institutions across the country to study attention and perception.
The Graduate Program offers programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students are given a strong foundation in current theory and methods and have the opportunity to specialize within a number of substantive areas of research that include:
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Color Vision
- Adaptation and Plasticity
- Face Recognition
- Brain Organization in Developmental Disabilities
- Comparative and Developmental Vision
- Human Factors in Aviation
The university is located in Reno, a community of approximately 250,000. Located on the eastern edge of the Sierras, the city is a major tourist destination and offers a mild climate, spectacular outdoor environments, and wide range of outdoor activities. The town is within an hour's drive of Lake Tahoe and several major ski resorts. San Francisco is a 4-hour drive.