Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience

What Is Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience?

Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience is the study of the neural processes in the brain underlying visual and cognitive functions. It is a multidisciplinary area that combines the study of human thought, memory, language, visual perception and cognition, and decision making, and the study of the processes that occur in the central nervous system. The NDSU Department of Psychology houses the NDSU Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience: CVCN.


used in cognitive neuroscience at NDSU and in general, include:

  • Psychophysics
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Electroencephalography
  • Electrocorticography
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 
Study Topics

Visual & Cognitive Neuroscientists, including those at NDSU study:

  • Attention
  • Change blindness
  • Scene Perception
  • Consciousness
  • Decision-making
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Social cognition
  • Emotions
Undergraduate Courses
  • PSYC 260 - Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC 322 - Thinking & Making Decisions
  • PSYC 450 - Computational Methods in Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 460 - Sensation & Perception
  • PSYC 461 - Memory And Knowledge
  • PSYC 463 - Experimental Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 464 - Attention & Thinking
  • PSYC 465 - Psychobiology
  • PSYC 471 - The Psychology Of Aging
  • PSYC 481 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 486 - Neuropsychology
Graduate Programs

Prospective graduate students interested in visual and cognitive neuroscience may apply to our Ph.D. in Psychology program.


Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology Faculty and Research

Ben Balas, Ph.D. - Research Interests: High-level vision, face recognition, visual development, ERPs

Erin Conwell, Ph.D. - Research Interests: Early childhood development

Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D. - Research Interests: Behavior, attention, working memory

Linda Langley, Ph.D. - Research Interests: Cognitive aging, attention, visual search, cognitive training

Mark Nawrot, Ph.D. - Research Interests: Visual neuroscience, eye movements, depth perception, visual disorders

Mark McCourt, Ph.D. - Research Interests: Brightness/lightness perception, spatial attention, multisensory integration

Laura Thomas, Ph.D. ~ Research Interests: Links between action and cognition, embodied cognition, attention, eye movements

Kathryn Wissman, Ph.D. ~ Research Interests: Student learning, collaborative memory, metacognition

Visual & Cognitive Neuroscience Resources

Tell me more about cognitive neuroscience - The Cognitive Neuroscience Society

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