Cognitive Neuroscience

Concentration Advisors:  Dr. Elena Festa (Head) & Prof. Thomas Serre,

Cognitive neuroscience is the study of higher cognitive functions in humans and its underlying neural bases. By definition, it is an integrative area of study drawing principally from cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. There are two broad directions which can be taken in this concentration—one is behavioral/experimental and the other is computational/modeling. In either case, the goal is to understand the nature of cognition from a neural perspective.

AP and Transfer Credits: Please refer to our departmental policy on applying AP and transfer credits.

Concentration Requirements

For the most up-to-date concentration requirements, please visit the Brown bulletin page or meet with your advisor.

Concentration Worksheet is available as a downloadable Word document. And here is information for prospective Cognitive Neuroscience concentrators. 


CogNeuro concentrators who plan to go to graduate school are especially encouraged to pursue Honors research.  Please refer to the CLPS Honors Program page for detailed information about earning Honors in CLPS.