Students concentrating Applied Cognition are preparing for careers in both academic and applied settings (e.g., government, private industry, and university administration). Students acquire a background in the theories and research that define the traditional and contemporary areas of psychology, especially those related to judgment and decision making, interpersonal perception and behavior, and teaching and learning. This concentration emphasizes the development of methodological and statistical skills for the purpose of translating basic science in to new settings, and extending empirical research to applied settings. Most of the ongoing research projects by the students and faculty are on applied topics that inform important societal problems.

The faculty members in the Applied Cognition area include:

Dr. Kathryn Becker-Blease (EVOLVE Lab) – Research interests include developmental traumatology, classroom and lab-based educational research, and the effects of trauma stress on attention and memory across the lifespan.

Dr. Bernieri, Frank –  (ISL lab: - Research interests involve face-to-face interaction processes (both automatic and controlled) as they apply to organizational settings, educational settings, individuals with behavior or communication related disabilities, human-robot interactions, and human-animal interactions.

Dr. John Edwards – Research concerns causal uncertainty (recently extended into the health domain), effects of meditation, intersections between Buddhist philosophy and social cognition, attributions about situations.