Majors & Minors
Pursue a degree or take courses in brain and cognitive sciences. We also administer a concentration in neuroscience.
In our nationally ranked PhD program, graduate students are considered junior colleagues and future peers.
Our research spans a large domain and straddles several disciplines in the cognitive, computational, and neural sciences.
New training in AR/VR tech gives Rochester doctoral students an edge
September 18, 2019
A $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide additional impetus to a University of Rochester initiative applying augmented and virtual reality in health, education, product design, remote communication, entertainment, and other fields.
Q&A with Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, Ph.D.
September 6, 2019
This summer, Manuel Gomez-Ramirez arrived from Brown University to join the University of Rochester (UR) as an assistant professor in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and Neuroscience. His Haptic Perception Lab will focus on developing mechanistic models of how objects are perceived and manipulated with our hands, with the ultimate goal of using these models to optimize neural stimulation strategies for brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics. We sat down with Manny, the guitar-playing, cocktail-making neuroscientist, to talk about what he’s most looking forward to at UR.
Why can we see moving objects against their backgrounds?
July 2, 2019
According to new research from scientists at the University of Rochester, one reason human beings are good at discerning smaller moving objects in the foreground is that the brain becomes desensitized to the motion in the larger background. Conversely, when a person’s brain is more sensitive to background motion, the negative trade-off is that she will be less sensitive to smaller foreground objects. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, could lead to new training programs for elderly adults and patients with conditions such as schizophrenia, which has been linked to weaker motion segregation.
Brain stimulation helps patients with vision loss re-learn how to see
May 28, 2019
Practice results in better learning. Consider learning a musical instrument, for example: the more one practices, the better one will be able to learn to play. The same holds true for cognition and visual perception: with practice, a person can learn to see better—and this is the case for both healthy adults and patients who experience vision loss because of a traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Undergraduates are encouraged to become engaged in research projects and gain valuable experience for postgraduate education, medical school, or employment.
Research in BCS is greatly enhanced by our strong ties with departments, programs, and research centers across the University, including the Medical Center.