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The Cognitive Area, which resides in Gilmer Hall, is part of the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Our goal is to train researchers in cognitive psychology and cognitive science. We help our students prepare for careers in pure research (typically in university settings), as well as applied research in industry, where skills of cognitive psychologists are in demand. We take care to tailor programs of study to each student's interests; we encourage some of our students to deepen their mathematical training and/or to study topics in neuroscience, computer science, and linguistics. We also insure that our students learn how to teach, give lectures to colleagues, write well, and obtain funding for their research. All of our students become seasoned data analysts and many learn computer programming.