I have been thinking a lot about the fading interest in basic cognitive research (with behavioral methods) as interest in cognitive neuroscience rises, at least where jobs are concerned.
It seems like most of the top, research-oriented jobs in the cognitive area are interviewing cognitive neuroscience researchers. My friends and colleagues who do behavioral cognitive research, even with EXCELLENT publication records in top journals, are being passed over for these top jobs. Now, it seems like many top postdocs and grad students who do behavioral cognitive research are considering industry positions, even though their passion lies in research and teaching in an academic setting. I suspect that the same trend is happening in developmental, social, and clinical areas as well.
I know that neuroscience is a burgeoning field, but it seems to be swallowing up many of the positions for behavioral research.
Do you all think this is a passing trend? Or is behavioral work becoming obsolete? Do any SC members have some insight into the value placed on behavioral vs. neuroscience researchers? How would you advise undergraduates as they decide what area to pursue in graduate school (if they think they want an academic job)?