Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN)

The Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (NCN) program area oversees the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) concentration. CogAffNeuroCAN focuses on the neural bases for cognitive and affective processes in humans, and typically uses a combination of psychological experimental methods and non-invasive imaging techniques in healthy populations. Our NCN faculty are unique in that some faculty also focus on clinical populations or the translational components of noninvasive nonhuman primate-based research, but the focus of this work is on its either direct or translational value to human cognition and emotional systems. That said, the CAN concentration does not provide clinical training nor is the primary work in behavioral neuroscience. Students interested in neuropsychology and pursuing clinical licensure should apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology (CLN) concentration. Students interested in behavioral neuroscience and/or research on basic model organisms should apply to the Neuroscience Institute.

The CAN concentration is administered by the NCN program area. Faculty with affiliations in NCN, Clinical, and Cognitive Sciences program areas usually serve as mentors and advisors for CAN students, and joint advising with two faculty members is also possible. We have a rich neuroscience community that fosters collaboration among our colleagues in the Neuroscience Institute and the GSU/GaTech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging.