Perception, Action, Cognition (PAC) Graduate Course Offerings

2021-10-22 This page is currently being revised. Please stay tuned for an update!

There are two subprograms within the PAC program at UConn: Ecological Psychology (ECO) and Language and Cognition (L&C). Students in one or the other program need to take the core courses in their program (including PSYC core) and will generally select a number of other courses within their program in consultation with their advisor. They are also encouraged to make innovative connections with other programs, including the other PAC program, via their breadth courses.

(More detailed info on ECO course requirements)

(More detailed info on L&C course requirements)

A sample of current offerings:

Catalog Name


Course Name


Course Description

Course Syllabus

PSYC 5104 Ian Stevenson
Foundations of Research in the Psychological Sciences I PSYC core
Introduction to the logic of experimental design and data analysis in the psychological sciences. Analysis of group designs, especially analysis of variance, and introduction to hypothesis testing.
PSYC 5015 Chi-Ming Chen
Foundations of Research in the Psychological Sciences II PSYC core
Expands on material covered in PSYC 5104, including the development and application of correlational methods specific to conducting and understanding research in the psychological sciences.
PSYC 5171 Roeland Hancock Current Topics in Cognitive Science:

Neuroimaging Methods

A handson introduction to the design and analysis of neuroimaging experiments. syllabus
Edward Large Current Topics in Cognitive Science:

Music Perception and Cognition

The perception and cognition of music from the viewpoint of psychology and neuroscience. syllabus
Whitney Tabor Current Topics in Cognitive Science:

Introduction to Programming Complex Systems

An introduction to programming in Python through exploring a series of complex systems phenomena. syllabus
PSYC 5424 Nicole Landi

Emily Myers

Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Across the Lifespan DEV/L&C The cognitive neuroscience approach to the study of language across the lifespan. Recent advances in neuroimaging techniques such as MRI, ERP, TMS, and fNIRS are combined with classic lesion studies to address the neurobiological bases of typical and atypical language processing. syllabus
PSYC 5445 or COGS 5140 Neurobiology of Language L&C
Survey of current research on language acquisition in developmentally delayed/pathological populations, including but not restricted to Autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Specific Language Impairment. Examination of what the language delays and deficits reveal about each disorder, the processes of language acquisition, the representation and organization of language, and the biology/neuropsychology/genetics of language.
PSYC 5513 Jay Rueckl Memory L&C
Contrasts associationist, cognitive, connectionist, and cognitive neuroscience approaches to issues involving short-term memory, long-term memory, and the representation of knowledge.
PSYC 5514 The Mental Lexicon L&C
The role of the mental lexicon in the perception and production of words, including the representation and use of knowledge about phonology, morphology, orthography, and semantics.
PSYC 5515 Jay Rueckl Connectionist Models L&C
Connectionist models in psychology and computational neuroscience. Topics include learning, memory, and language processes in both intact and damaged networks.
PSYC 5516 Gerry Altmann Event Cognition L&C
An interdisciplinary examination of events as the fundamental unit of cognition. Event cognition and its relation to memory with reference to diverse methodologies in neuroscience, experimental cognition, and computation.
PSYC 5553 Edward Large Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics ECO
A gentle introduction to nonlinear dynamics, i.e., the type of models that are used to model biological systems like neurons and neural populations, and psychological systems, such as perception/action systems. It introduces students to the major concepts of nonlinear dynamical systems, including state space, stability, and bifurcation theory. syllabus
PSYC 5564 Whitney Tabor Dynamics of Language and Cognition L&C
Recent work on oscillatory processes in the brain, natural language processing at the syntactic level, and dynamical systems work that links the two. syllabus
PSYC 5567 Whitney Tabor Cognition L&C core
A broad introduction to theories of human cognition
PSYC 5568 Gerry Altman

Eiling Yi

Psychology of Language L&C core
A broad introduction to the study of language processing.
PSYC 5571 James Dixon  

Sensation & Perception I

ECO core
An introduction to core theoretical issues in the study of perception. Major approaches will be discussed and key empirical findings will be presented. syllabus
PSYC 5583 Whitney Tabor Sentence and Discourse Processing L&C
How psychological theories of perception and learning provide insight into language processing at the level of sentence structure and discourse structure. syllabus
SLHS 5362 Emily Myers Advanced Speech Science II: Speech Perception L&C
Acoustic and visual properties of speech, models of speech perception, and the cognitive neuroscience of speech perception. syllabus
SLHS 6371 Emily Myers Seminar in Professional Skills for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences General Explicitly addresses the larger set of duties students need to be prepared for as they become mature researchers, with specific reference to how these skills apply to the speech, language, and hearing sciences. syllabus
Grant Writing General
Neurobiology of Reading L&C
Science of Learning and Art of Communication General
Semantic Memory L&C
Speech Perception L&C
The Literate Brain L&C
Time Course Methods ECO