PhD Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) in Psychology

The 20th century saw the firm establishment of scientific psychology, including the basic questions it addresses, its sub-fields, and the methods it uses to investigate problems. The 21st century has seen the beginnings of a new revolution in psychology, one in which new questions have been posed, in which new sub-fields of psychology have emerged and existing ones have begun the process of integration, and in which new research methods have been devised and combined with classic ones. This is an exciting time to be doing psychology.

One of the traditional distinctions in psychology and in other disciplines is the distinction between basic and applied research. Basic research addresses fundamental questions, the answers to which may or may not yield immediate practical benefits. In contrast, applied research addresses questions of real-world significance, such as the problem of how to expand and improve human cognitive and affective capabilities.

As with other distinctions in the field of psychology, the artificial barriers between basic and applied research have begun to dissolve. New programs of basic research often lead to real-world applications. Much applied research is informed by, and contributes to, answers to basic questions about mind and brain.

Drexel University’s PhD program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences is a research-intensive program emphasizing psychological questions of real-world significance grounded in fundamental issues and methods of basic science.