Cognition, Learning & Performance

The Cognition, Learning, and Performance (CLP) Area includes faculty  with interests in animal learning and cognition (including dogs, pigeons, and rats), human cognition, and cognitive development. 

Many faculty are also engaged in research that uses basic cognitive and learning principles to enhance human performance in such areas as science education,  law, consumer product design, surgery, television viewing, and use of new media.  Research takes place at field settings as well as at campus labs such as the Comparative Cognition Lab, the Child Development Lab, and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.  Students may choose to further customize their graduate training by pursuing  interdisciplinary graduate certificates, similar to graduate “minors,”  in cognitive science, human-technology interaction, or college teaching.

The CLP area provides research training that prepares its students for a variety of careers ranging from academic research and college teaching to usability engineering, consumer research, and forensic consulting.  Recent  job placements have included academic institutions such as Ball State University, Willamette University, and Georgetown College, research appointments at University of  Valencienne ( France) and Max Planck Institute (Germany), and industry jobs at IBM, Lexmark, Gillette, Media Direct, and SAS.


Information regarding applying and the online application system may be found here.

Please contact Meagan Coomes with questions regarding graduate program applications., (859) 257-9640


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