The Doctoral Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences engages students in an integrated program of research, instruction, and professional development in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology (animal cognition, attention, brain asymmetry, perception, reasoning, language, memory, sensory processing), experimental physics, computer science, linguistics and cognitive neuropsychology. Students actively participate in international research projects, seminars, and conferences based in the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, which includes the Laboratories of Functional Neuroimaging (LNIF), Animal Cognition and Neuroscience (ACN Lab), the CIMeC Language, Interaction and Computation Lab (CLIC), the Experimental Psychology Laboratories, the Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CERiN), and the Computational Cognition Laboratories (CCL). The length of the program is three years. Students pursue one of two curricula: Cognitive Neuroscience or Language, Interaction and Computation.

The Language, Interaction and Computation track allows students to acquire the skills necessary to conduct advanced research on a range of issues related to the nature, the representation, and the 'processing' of human language, investigated by means of computational, neuropsychological, and theoretical linguistics techniques.The curriculum promotes the growth of future researchers capable of developing cognitively valid models of the relationship between language, thought, other sensory modalities and the emotional sphere, but also professionals that can find applications in the development of better human-machine interfaces.

The Cognitive Neuroscience track aims at training professionals with high-profile skills in research in cognitive neuroscience. Through the creation of a research program lasting three years, combined with educational activities, group discussions and supervision, the curriculum provides a general theoretical training on the main areas of cognitive neuroscience, a thorough knowledge of at least one specific field of inquiry, and a practical training related to use of the techniques and methodologies of neuroscience research.

The main areas of research being focused on at the CIMeC are:

  • Animal cognition
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Conceptual representations
  • Development
  • Language
  • Learning/motivation
  • Multimodality and interaction
  • Neuroimaging methods and analysis
  • Perception and action
  • Reasoning and Decision Making

Click here for a list of topics the School was emphasizing in the 2016/17 selection.

Program Objectives
The objectives of the Program are to develop the next generation of cognitive neuroscientists, equipped with the requisite multidisciplinary skills and expertise to push the frontiers of the mind/brain sciences and to succeed in the global research community.