The graduate program is guided by the belief that faculty and graduate students learn from each other. Both the science and art of how to make psychological discoveries are learned from interactions
among one's departmental colleagues. In addition to lab meetings, it is area talks that provide this critical setting.
The area talks, representing different research domains, expose students to current research from Columbia faculty, fellow graduate students as well as visiting faculty in a relaxed 'brown-bag' atmosphere. They also provide students with the opportunity to receive feedback on their research as well as hone their presentational skills.
In addition to frequent talks in the areas of behavioral neuroscience, cognition, motivation, decision making and social psychology, there are two University Seminars that meet monthly. They invite external speakers and focus on the areas of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and also language and cognition.