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    Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive neuroscience was developed as a major to address the growing demand for and interest in fields that blend an understanding of biology, chemistry, and psychology. This field of study focuses on the neural mechanisms that underline cognition, behavior and mental processes.

At Harding, students who major in cognitive neuroscience:

  • Gain an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of the field of neuroscience
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the nervous system
  • Learn the effects of basic neurological function on behavior and cognition

Courses cover a variety of scientific disciplines with a heavy emphasis in behavioral sciences and prepare students to pursue graduate training in areas such as medical school, clinical psychology, neuropsychology and physician assistant duties.

Of course, one of the most important aspects of this program of study is that it is taught from a Biblical perspective. Christian scientists teach students how they integrate their faith into their scientific practice and understanding of the world. 

For more hands-on experience, get involved in the Center for Cognitive Studies, a research lab that addresses questions regarding theoretical explanations of cognitive processes such as question generation, emotions, self-regulated learning, and knowledge acquisition in order to improve education methods.

Over the last eight years, our students have been exploring how specific strategies can help students become more resilient to shame and how to use experiences of shame constructively.