Area Contact: Dr. Katja Weimer
The Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. degree in psychology. Within this program, graduate study in the area of cognitive psychology emphasizes both theoretical and applied aspects of cognition, training students to pursue teaching and research careers in either academic or non-academic settings.
Research directed by active faculty is fundamental to one's development in graduate school. Students are encouraged to work with faculty members through research assistantships and independent studies. The primary research interests of the faculty include:
The active grants by our faculty include:
Psychologists believe that a better tomorrow starts with an understanding of how we interpret and understand the world today. One powerful way in which we understand the world is through discourse and technology. Discourse is conveyed through text, conversations, argumentation, films, and artwork. Each impose different types of mental constraints on comprehension and each is an important aspect of our world.
As the new millennium dawns, technology is being used more and more to deliver discourse, especially within instructional settings (e.g., interactive CD ROMS, the Internet, videos, multimedia). Our central mission is to understand discourse and its interaction with new and developing technologies, including the development of intelligent interactive computer-based tutoring systems.
The CIDS (cognitive, instructional, developmental, and school) curricular area offers students a multidisciplinary approach to developing minds. Our students learn to interrelate conceptual, methodological, and applied information from cognitive, developmental, and school psychology domains.
To find out more about Cognitive and Instructional Psychology at NIU, contact Katja Weimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the faculty whose research is of interest.