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Areas of Specialization > Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Sciences

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The Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences (BBCS) area covers physiological and information- processing approaches to understanding behaviour, cognition and perception.

BBCS laboratories investigate fundamental research problems in human and animal behaviour, as well as applied topics such as virtual reality and low-gravity environments. Active research areas include visual perception, cognitive neuroscience, sensory-motor control, learning, animal behaviour, measurement theory and neuropsychology.

Experimental approaches include psychophysics, computational modelling, single-unit and multi-electrode electrophysiology, brain imaging (fMRI, VEP), studies of neurological patients, kinematic analysis and observational field-work.

Research projects form a key part of the training program. These projects can be carried out in York faculty laboratories as well as in a variety of clinical and applied settings. Several BBCS laboratories are part of the interdisciplinary Centre for Vision Research, one of the largest research groups in the world specializing in vision science.

See our Timeline for Completion of Requirements.

For more information about the Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences area, contact the Area Coordinator, Dr. Joseph DeSouza. For admissions queries, please e-mail

Areas of Specialization

Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Sciences
Clinical Developmental
Developmental Science
History and Theory of Psychology
Quantitative Methods
Social and Personality

Updated on September 12th, 2017.