Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB)

CAB Faculty 2016

CAB Faculty 2016
CAB Faculty, standing left to right: Dan Kersten, Sheng He, Jonathan Gewirtz, Gordon Legge, Randy Fletcher, Mark Thomas, Paul Schrater, Angus MacDonald, Wilma Koutstaal CAB Faculty, seated left to right: Steve Engel, Chad Marsolek, Andrew Oxenham, Yuhong Jiang

Students are drawn to the Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB) program by the interdisciplinary interests of professors in the program and the prospect of working with top-notch faculty. CAB program faculty work closely with faculty in behavior genetics, child development, computer science, neuroscience, educational psychology, management information systems, neurology, communication disorders, as well as with faculty from the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Many faculty and students also participate in neuroscience and cognitive science programs.

You will become involved with research and begin your first-year research project as soon as you enter the program. Our faculty will help tailor the program to meet your needs and interests, and you may choose any of the following research emphases:

  • affective neuroscience
  • animal learning
  • behavioral pharmacology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • cognitive science
  • human learning and memory
  • neuroimaging
  • psychoacoustics
  • psychobiology
  • vision

Courses and seminars cover many topics related to CAB, and we encourage you to take courses in other departments. You may also elect to minor in neuroscience or cognitive science.

In addition to students with a background in relevant areas of psychology (e.g., perception, cognition, learning, behavioral neuroscience), we are interested in those who have a background in related fields such as biology, neuroscience, computer science, statistics, and mathematics.


All CAB students must satisfy Graduate School requirements and general departmental requirements listed in the Department of Psychology Regulations. These include the Departmental and General Area Distribution Requirements, special prelim exam, and thesis requirements. Additional requirements that must be met by CAB students include a first-year research project. The intent of this requirement is to evaluate the research potential of the student at an early stage. It is also intended to motivate students to participate in research early.


Stephen EngelProfessor
Charles Randy FletcherAssociate Professor
Jonathan C. GewirtzAssociate Professor
Nicola GrissomAssistant Professor
Sheng HeProfessor
Yuhong JiangProfessor
Daniel J. KerstenProfessor
Wilma KoutstaalAssociate Professor
Gordon LeggeProfessor, Director of Graduate Studies
Monica LucianaDistinguished McKnight University Professor, and Department Chair
Angus MacDonald, Professor
Chad J. MarsolekProfessor
Cheryl OlmanAssociate Professor
Andrew Oxenham, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Area Director
Paul SchraterAssociate Professor
Mark ThomasAssociate Professor
Iris VilaresAssistant Professor

Affiliated Faculty

James Cleary, Veterans Administration Medical Center
Celia GershensonPsychology
Geoffrey GhoseNeuroscience
Paul E. JohnsonInformation and Decision Sciences
Eric LarssonLIFE-Midwest: The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention
Albert YonasInstitute of Child Development

Emeritus Faculty

Dwight BurkhardtProfessor Emeritus
J. Bruce OvermierProfessor Emeritus
Gail PetersonAssociate Professor Emeritus
Neal ViemeisterProfessor Emeritus