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Training Grant

CPS Training Program in Perception

The CPS training program draws students primarily from the Institute for Neuroscience and the Psychology Department. Students receive their degrees from their home departments; CPS provides specialized training in vision, and the program is designed to be easily integrated into either the Psychology or the Neuroscience curriculum. Students from other Departments (Computer Science, Engineering etc) can modify the program as required. 


The goal is to achieve broad interdisciplinary training, with an emphasis on natural systems and computation.

Four Core Courses

1. PSY 380E Neural and Computational Basis of Vision – Huk, Hayhoe, Seidemann 

2. NEU 482T Principles of Neuroscience II - Seidemann 

3. PSY 394U Introduction to Sensory-Motor Systems - Hayhoe 

4. A Computational Neuroscience course, such as:

Other Requirements

1. Ethical and professional development. Goris, PSY194Q (also NEU 394U). 

In addition, trainees will attend the Lunch & Learn cooperative training grant session for training to enhance Rigor & Responsibility 

2. Neuroscience Bootcamp. This is an intensive 2-week immersivecourse before classes start in the fall that focuses on exposing students to the diverse set of tools in neuroscience.

3. CPS Colloquium Series and the CPS Brown Bag Series.

4. Elective seminar

  • Principles of Neuroscience I NEU 482T - Brager
  • Digital Neuroanatomy  PSY 394P - Pestilli
  • Lab in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience  PSY341K  - Pestilli
  • Computational Behavioral Science: PSY394 - Yu
  • Applied Machine Learning PSY394 - Yu
  • Development of Perception, Attention and Action: PSY394 - Yu/Hayhoe
  • Functional Neuroanatomy. NEU 383C.  - Gonzalez-Lima
  • Synaptic Physiology and Plasticity in the Central Nervous System. NEU 385L. - Johnston. 
  • Programing and Data for Modern Neuroscience NEU 385L - Goldschen-Ohm
  • Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience PSY 387S - Jessica Church-Lang
  • Or alternative by approval. 

5. Students also regularly attend lab group meetings, and are encouraged to attend lab-meetings of other lab groups.

Teaching and requirements for advancing to candidacy are inherited from the student’s home department. 

People Associated with the Training Grant

Lawrence Cormack Ph.D. Professor Psychology
Wilson S. Geisler Ph.D. Professor Psychology
Robbe Gorris Ph.D. Assistant Professor Psychology
Mary Hayhoe Ph.D. Professor Psychology/CPS Director
Franco Pestilli Ph.D. Associate Professor Psychology
Nicholas Priebe Ph.D. Associate Professor Neuroscience
Eyal Seidemann Ph.D. Professor Neuroscience/Psychology
Xuexin Wei Ph.D. Assistant Professor Neuroscience/Psychology
Chen Yu Ph.D. Professor Psychology
  • Declan Rowley
  • Calen Walshe
  • Satwant Kumar
  • Bowang Li
  • Corey Ziemba
  • Jens-Oliver Muthmann
  • Eric Hart
  • Jason Samonds
  • Jagruti Pattadkal
  • Yayun Zhang
  • Sandra Hanekamp
  • Guilia Berto
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