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Cognition, Language, and Development***

***This is a legacy program. Content is only relevant for students who joined this program prior to reorganization of the training areas. Prospective students should go to the Cognitive and Comparative Psychology training area.


Students and faculty in the Cognition, Language, and Development (CLD) training area perform research to understand the mechanisms and basic processes responsible for knowledge in a range of domains and populations, including animals and atypical groups as well as human adults and children. We work on perception, memory, attention, creativity, learning, decision-making, language acquisition, and language processing, in adults and in children. We use a variety of methods – including, among others, observations, behavioral and neuroscience experiments, and computational modeling – to answer fundamental questions about the inner workings of the mind, the acquisition and development of knowledge, the forms of mental representations, underlying brain mechanisms, and the use of knowledge in a range of areas. Training in CLD prepares students for careers in academia (research and teaching), as well as in health, education, business, and industrial settings.

Learn more by visiting the CLD website at: www.cunycld.org