Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics

The brain is arguably the most complex computer system in the world and it processes more information daily than we realize. Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics majors study the brain to understand the brain, which we still know so little about. Cognitive psychology is the study of how information is processed and retained in the brain, while psycholinguistics specifically focuses on how the brain processes language. These areas of study help us understand memory retention, learning disabilities, and why certain teaching methods are more effective than others. Those interested in becoming cognitive psychologists and psycholinguists generally earn a bachelor's degree in general psychology, which provides a solid foundation for further study. To gain a graduate or postgraduate degree in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, students will take more in-depth courses on how the brain works, memory function, and language processing. Career opportunities exist in a number of areas for individuals holding a degree in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. Many graduates work as professors, linguistic specialists, or researchers. Others opportunities include technical or consulting positions, both for private or public entities.

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Harvard College

Harvard College is an undergraduate liberal arts school located in Cambridge, MA, within Harvard University. Founded in 1636, this private, very selective, Ivy League college is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was...

“…Harvard is a place of innovation and discovery. It is a community of scholars, who are very intelligent, ambitious, and collaborative. The most distinctive feature of Harvard is the vibrant energy that characterizes its student body, and that drives...” – CLAUDIA from CAMBRIDGE, MA

Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“…Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend should be somewhat independent and not afraid to take full advantage of the...” – Daniel from Staten Island, NY

Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university that was founded in 1764. The university offers more than 40 academic departments. The campus is home to program housing for students who share similar interests, plus substance-free,...

“…Brown University is a great place to expand not only your knowledge in academia but also your personal context in the world. This university is a place of diversity and freedom. The students, faculty, staff, and courses are all wonderful attributes...” – Vivian from South Windsor, CT

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a 4-year private research institution in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools and is renowned for its Medill School of Journalism, Kellogg School of Management, and Bienen School of Music....

“…Northwestern is a great school, blending first class academics and Big 10 sports in a way that typically isn't seen among comparable universities. Students are bright and are typically highly motivated, passionate, and active in leadership roles....” – Kayla from Camdenton, MO

University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of South Florida is a public research university located in Tampa, FL, offering more than 180 majors and concentrations. Ranked on multiple lists for its research efforts, USF Tampa’s Office of Undergraduate Research allows all citizen...

“…Beautiful campus with great people. Get involved! Have fun! Get out of your comfort zone!” – Jonielle from Miramar, FL

Emory University

Emory University is a liberal arts institution located in Atlanta, Georgia, with a second campus in Oxford. The 600-acre campus in the Druid Hills neighborhood is home to four undergraduate and seven graduate colleges, as well as over a dozen...

“…Emory is surprisingly the perfect grounds for culturing new ideas. Even though it doesn't have a football team, Emory is still high in spirit and makes up for it in swimming and soccer. Above all, Emory is the perfect combination of nature-esque...” – Sindhu from GA

University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

“…UCSD is everything I wanted out of a school -- I love it here! The campus life is definitely present, but decentralized enough that you are free to participate however much you wish to. The location is wonderful and the opportunities are endless --...” – Isabella

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar,...

“…The University of Connecticut is a great university for students all around the world. It is very diverse and has become a second home for many students. It is great because it brings a lot of opportunities for students to make a difference in the...” – Jose from Naugatuck, CT

University of California-Santa Cruz

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences,...

“…UCSC is one of the most beautiful places that you'll have the pleasure of spending time at in your life. If you like the outdoors, a friendly and community-based environment, and students and staff that are dedicated to saving the world, then this is...” – Erik from Santa Rosa, CA

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year public research institution and largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment. Buffalo is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic majors...

“…a large school with many opportunities (be it academics, socially, etc.) ” – Mina J from New York, New York

Villanova University

Founded in 1842 by the friars of the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova University is a 4-year research institution in the Philadelphia area and the oldest Catholic school in Pennsylvania. Villanova is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

“…Villanova University is a small spread-out community with very respectful individuals. Villanova University has many resources for their students and faculty providing the most for everyone with special events like mass, weddings, sport games and...” – Student from Upper Darby, PA

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

“…Loyola is a school perfect for all students from different backgrounds wanting to study in Chicago. It's a clean, safe, and lively campus with many events always going on! It's academics are one of the best as well as their professors. ” – Jazmin

The University of British Columbia is a public institution with campuses located in the city of Vancouver and the city of Kelowna. The college is deeply rooted in academic research and maintains a number of research facilities, such as the Bamfield...

“…This university has rigorous programs. The networking opportunities with potential employers is superb. This university is consistently involved in cutting edge research in most categories.” – Rachel from Canada

Pomona College

Founded by Congregationalists in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts school in the Los Angeles area and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. Pomona confers bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors in the arts, social sciences,...

“…Positive, encouraging atmosphere from fellow students and teachers.Sunshine and flip-flops in an LA suburb with a small downtown.Rigorous, fast-paced, thought-provoking education.” – Yasmin from Bellevue, WA

Wellesley College

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college for women in eastern Massachusetts as well as a member of the Seven Sisters Colleges and Three-College Alliance. Wellesley confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 departmental and...

“…Wellesley is a well-rounded, diverse, open school: the students are pushed to work their hardest, achieve their goals and be amongst the best of the best. Wellesley prepares each of its students to be a leader, one who is able to work successfully...” – Anonymous from Miami, FL

Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern California and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer offers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors including the first Secular Studies program in the nation. To provide a...

“…It's a small school that doesn't feel small because of the 5 other colleges surrounding it. They're all extremely close to each other. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from Pomona to Pitzer (and they're at opposite corners.)” – Jose from San Diego, CA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. CMC confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and students can also cross register to take classes in the other...

“…Claremont McKenna places a high emphasis on leadership and ethics. The school is designed for students to actively learn and participate in activities they genuinely enjoy. Their motto is work hard, play harder.” – Jessica from Claremont, CA

Scripps College

Named for a newspaper publisher, Scripps College is an all-female liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors and the college features a...

“…There is definitely a specific type of student who does well at Scripps College. This student is nerdy (and not necessarily in the Big Bang Theory sense), curious, and--most importantly--open to new ideas and new experiences. The required courses,...” – Irina from San Rafael, CA

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is a public Massachusetts institution founded in 1894. It has a “selective” admissions process and provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum integrated with professional programs. The most popular majors are exercise...

“…Its a great university and has fantastic programs! Its great financial aid and price was the reason I chose here. It has that college feel and you are guaranteed to find your niche at Fitchburg State University!” – Christina

Teachers College at Columbia University is a private, graduate institution established in New York City. Despite the college’s name, academics at TC are focused primarily on the fields of health, psychology, and education. Students attending the...

“…Gorgeous campus with original structures. First university in the state of New York. Amazing location in New York city walking distance to anything you want. ” – Cora from Purchase, NY

Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Welch College is a 4-year Christian college in north Tennessee. Welch is home to a School of Theology which provides training for a life in ministry as well as departments of Arts &...