Department of Psychology

Cognitive Psychology Research

Urlic Neisser (1966) defined the cognitive approach as the study of "... all the processes by which the sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used. It is concerned with these processes even when they operate in the absence of relevant stimulation, as in images and hallucinations. Such terms as sensation, perception, imagery, retention, recall, problem-solving, and thinking, among many others, refer to hypothetical stages or aspects of cognition." In short, Cognitive Psychology is the study of how the mind processes, stores, and uses information. Some questions studied here at UNCW are early visual processing, art, memory, imagery, auditory and visual perception, complex learning and reasoning, among many others. The study of cognition at UNCW stresses both empirical methods and modeling. Both graduate and undergraduate students are intricately involved with this research.

The following faculty members research this area of psychology. Please follow the links to their homepages.