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.
Congratulations to Martina Poletti, Recipient of the 2021 Elsevier/VSS Young Investigator Award
March 25, 2021
VSS is pleased to present the 2021 Young Investigator Award to Martina Poletti. Dr. Poletti is an assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. She is recognized for fundamental contributions to our understanding of eye movements, microsaccades, and the nature of visual-motor function and attention within the foveola. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree at the University of Padova, and completed her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Boston University.
More than words: Using AI to map how the brain understands sentences
March 22, 2021
Have you ever wondered why you are able to hear a sentence and understand its meaning – given that the same words in a different order would have an entirely different meaning? New research involving neuroimaging and A.I., describes the complex network within the brain that comprehends the meaning of a spoken sentence.
Rochester brain and cognitive sciences researchers receive national recognition
February 16, 2021
Two University of Rochester researchers in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences are being honored with a celebrated award for their contributions to and leadership in the scientific community.
Rochester leads novel research project on how the brain interprets motion
September 2, 2020
Major NIH award to study how the brain infers structure from sensory signals may have applications for disorders like schizophrenia and offer insights for artificial intelligence.
Study: Neurons can shift how they process information about motion
June 15, 2020
New Rochester research indicates some neurons may be more adept than previously thought in helping you perceive the motion of objects while you move through the world.
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.