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    UCI cognitive sciences alumni have gone on to pursue careers in some of the best research universities in the world, as well as in government and industry.

    Cognitive science skills are valued in applied settings including high-tech startups, research consultancy companies, and government science and technology laboratories.


  • #1 university in the U.S. under 50 - Times Higher Education (UCI)
  • #1 in Sierra Magazine's "Coolest Schools" report for sustainability (UCI)
  • #14 among nation's best public universities - US News & World Report (UCI)
  • #13 in cognitive psychology by US News & World Report


Emily Grossman
Graduate Director
Cog Neuroscience Concentration

Geoff Iverson
Graduate Director

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UC Irvine cognitive scientists ask questions like:

robotHow do people perceive, learn and solve problems? How does the human brain organize and store information? How do we create and use language? How and why do people work the way they do?

Their cutting-edge research on social issues takes place around the world.

The department is uniquely positioned at the juncture of the brain and behavior. Combining innovative multidisciplinary approaches and modern tools and methods, UCI cognitive scientists are poised to discover the workings of fundamental human abilities, including attention, memory, language, decision making and problem solving.

Innovative studies take an interdisciplinary approach by integrating neuropsychological and behavioral methods and data, using large computational models, exploring brain- computer interfaces, and designing robots to understand how we perceive and act in the world.

More than 1000 undergraduates, 50 graduates and 25 faculty are involved in cognitive sciences programs at UCI. The cognitive psychology graduate program is ranked 13th in the nation.

The research of UCI cognitive scientists impacts our understanding of memory and language disorders, such as Alzheimer's and aphasia; potentially improves our ability to deal with the information age, suggesting new approaches to online search systems and collaborative decision making; and can enhance education practices, including the development of children's literacy and numeracy skills.


Check us out online or call to schedule a visit. Applications for fall 2015 are currently being accepted.

pictured: (top) Researcher Ling Lin studies how the brain adapts when what you see isn't what you get. (right) The Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory – Spike Judgment Robot, developed by professor Jeff Krichmar and his research team, helps children with autism and other developmental disorders get comfortable interacting with an object that responds to their actions.

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