Dr. Munakata conducts research on cognitive processes and their development and neural basis. She uses a variety of methods, including behavioral studies with infants, children, and adults, computational models, neuroimaging, pupillometry, neuropharmacological manipulations, and links to psychopathology. She is particularly interested in how knowledge is organized and how it develops, and in the mechanisms that allow people to gain increasing control over their thoughts and actions with development.
cognitive development, developmental cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, executive function
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
PSYC 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
PSYC 4744 - Methods in Developmental Psychology
Learn to critically read and form hypotheses from studies in the developmental literature, gain hands-on experience in testing children and in the design of methods to test children, evaluate experimental data and relate them to hypotheses, previous results and theory, and write so others can understand.
PSYC 5825 - Executive Function Proseminar
Provides beginning Ph.D. students with an introduction to the study of executive functions. Required proseminar for students in the Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program. Includes consideration of working memory, inhibition, multi-tasking, monitoring, selection, lifespan changes and social/clinical applications at the cognitive, neural and computational levels. Graduate students in all programs are welcome with instructor consent and advanced undergraduates are welcome with instructor consent.
PSYC 6605 - Cognitive Psychology Research Update
Provides summaries of current research by graduate students and faculty members in the Cognitive Psychology program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Professional Development issues relevant to cognitive psychologists will also be discussed. Graduate students in all programs and advanced undergraduates welcome with instructor consent. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.