The new discipline of cognitive psychology proposed empirical methods for analyzing behavioral-cognitive relations during the 1960s. The combination of cellular neurology studies with cognitive psychology underpinned the development of cognitive neuroscience. This area of knowledge links cognitive-behavioral consequences with underlying nervous systems. Focusing on the neural sublayers of mental processes, cognitive neuroscience is the interface between psychology and neuroscience and overlaps with physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience combines cognitive psychology theories and computational modeling with experimental data. The methods used in cognitive neuroscience include psychophysical experiments, functional neuroimaging, electrophysiological studies on the nervous system, and cognitive and behavioral genomics. Neuroscientists study the key cognitive concepts such as memory, perception, action, language, and conscious awareness. A major part of cognitive neuroscience is the studies conducted on the psychopathology of patients with cognitive impairment. Most occupations related to cognitive neuroscience are research-based, occur in universities and private laboratories, and require a Ph.D.

If you are interested in exploring how the human mind processes thoughts and cognitions and how cognitive processes affect behavior, you should look for a job in the field of cognitive neuroscience.