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Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics

Cognitive psychology explores how the brain processes and retains information. Psycholinguistics examines how the brain processes language functions. Read on to learn about education and career options in this field of study.

Inside Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics

Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics are closely related fields. Cognitive psychology focuses on mental perception, memory and information processing, while psycholinguistics explores the mental processes involved in language comprehension, production and acquisition. Cognitive psychologists and psycholinguists both conduct research relating to brain function and mental processes. Linguistics researchers who focus on psycholinguistics might study how children learn to understand and use language, or how neurological disorders affect an individual's language-processing abilities.

Education Information

Most cognitive psychologists hold doctoral degrees in cognitive psychology or cognitive science and work as university professors or researchers. Master's degree programs in cognitive psychology are also available. Master's and doctoral programs in cognitive psychology often include coursework in psycholinguistics.

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