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Department of Psychology

CNS Faculty

All CNS faculty are accepting students for the upcoming graduate admission cycle. Applications are due December 1, 2022. 

We encourage interested students to read more about the program in our 1-page overview or within our comprehsive Information Guide, which includes details about the program, outlines the strengths of our program, provides context and details about faculty research, and specifics about how to apply to the UofSC CNS concentration.

Faculty Member Group Focus Area Website & social media

Accepting RAs?

Almor, Amit Cognitive Science & Cognitive Neuroscience

Psycholinguistics; Language, Memory, Attention and Space; Discourse Reference Processing 


Booze, Rosemarie M.  Neural Science

Long-term effects of viruses in the human and non-human primate brain; Plant-based neurocognitive therapeutics; Drug dependence and abuse 


Starting Spring 2023

Desai, Rutvik Harshad  Cognitive Neuroscience

Neural representation of concepts; Neural basis of language 

Starting Fall 2023

Fu, Xiaoxue (Jessie)

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 

Attention; Social Cognition; Socioemotional Development; Eye Tracking; Neuroimaging

Twitter: @jessie_x_fu


Green, Jessica  Cognitive Neuroscience

Attention; Multisensory Perception; Human Electrophysiology (EEG)



Hudac, Caitlin 

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 

Social attention; social cognition; Neurodevelopmental (e.g., autism) and genetic disorders; Lifespan development 

Twitter: @greatcait


Mactutus, Charles F. 

Neural Science 

Long-term effects of drugs, toxins, and viruses on cognitive processes in the non-human and human brain; The microbiome and gut-brain axis for neurotherapeutics; Drug dependence and choice behavior



Richards, John 

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 

Infant attention; Developmental neuroimaging; Psychophysiology 


Rorden, Chris 

Cognitive Neuroscience 

Investigations of language, attention and perception using neuropsychology, brain imaging and brain stimulation



Shinkareva, Svetlana 

Cognitive Neuroscience 

MVPA methods; Representation of affect; Representation of semantic meaning 



Vendemia, Jennifer M. C. 

Cognitive Neuroscience 

Neurocognition of pain; Sensory motor integration; Stress and cognition 



Vento, Peter 

Neural Science 

Animal models of addiction-like behavior; cost-benefit decision-making; compulsivity; neural circuits of avoidance; optogenetics

Wedell, Douglas H. 

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience 

Judgment and decision making; Context effects; Neural representation of affect 






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