Stanford University is ranked top for cognitive psychology in the US, followed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in second place. The Department of Psychology at CMU offers training program leading to the Ph.D. degree. The faculty include many of the leading researchers in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and social-personality psychology. The graduate program in cognitive psychology involves the analysis of the functional and neural mechanisms underlying cognition using a variety of methodologies, populations and computational formalisms.

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is rated 7th nationally for the specialty. Members of the Cognitive Division have research programs focused on human memory, cognitive aging, categorization, language processing, reasoning, and computational modeling.

Yale is rated 8th nationally for the specialty. The program in Cognitive Psychology is concerned with research in perception, human learning and memory, thinking and problem solving, consciousness, language, and intelligence, as well as with applications of this basic research to everyday settings.

Northwestern University is placed 15th for the specialty. The major purpose of the graduate training program in Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern is to train skilled research professionals and teachers.

Ranking of Top Cognitive Psychology Programs (Graduate):

1 Stanford University
2 Carnegie Mellon University
3 Harvard University
=University of California San Diego
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
=University of Michigan Ann Arbor-
7 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
8 Yale University
9 University of California Berkeley
=Washington University in St Louis
=University of California Los Angeles

Source: US News & World Report (2010)

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