Current, collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects in the Program of Psychology at NYUAD are focused on a range of areas, including person perception and knowledge; neurolinguistics and language processing; visual perception; prejudice and discrimination; gender inequality; learning and development in children; and the neurobiology of short-term memory. Researchers and students alike have access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment, including an fMRI scanner.

The Psychology faculty fall into two broad areas, namely:

  • social and developmental psychology 
  • cognition and perception
  • How do we think, remember, pay attention, communicate, form and implement goals, solve problems, and make decisions? Cognitive psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists at NYUAD use a wide array of methodologies, including behavioral methods, brain imaging techniques, and computational modeling, to investigate how the human brain performs these computations. Research on Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at NYUAD includes the following areas:

    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Language and Speech Processing
    • Concepts and Categorization
    • Cognitive Control
    • Consciousness
    • Decision-making

    Principal Investigators

    Olivia Cheung

    Research Area: 
    How the Human Brain Perceives the Visual World

    David Melcher

    Research Areas:
    Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception, Attention, Working Memory, Eye Movements

    Bas Rokers

    Research Areas: 
    Visual Perception; Motion Processing; Depth Perception; Neuroimaging; Virtual Reality

    Research Institute Centers

    Center for Brain and Health

    The Center draws on existing strengths in the domains of Cognition, Health, and Data Science from NYUAD, the UAE, and NYU’s Global Network University (GNU).