Cognitive Science

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
Cognitive studies focuses on the nature and representation of knowledge. Among the many topics examined are logic and the justification of belief; the nature of mind and action; knowledge representation; knowledge acquisition; the knowledge, use, and acquisition of language; perception; concepts and conceptual change; artificial intelligence and parallel distributed processing; and the neurobiology of cognition.

The cognitive studies minor is open to students who have elected a major field in which the minor can be appropriately included. Field members offer guidance to students in setting up and carrying out an integrated program of interdisciplinary study in conjunction with their major field. Major fields include (but are not limited to) computer science, human development, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology and behavior, philosophy, and psychology.

The field sponsors a series of lectures and colloquia by internationally recognized scholars. Students are encouraged to meet with the speakers for informal discussion during their visits.
Elizabeth Adkins-Regan -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology; neurobiology and behavior
Lawrence Blume -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: economics
John Bowers -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics
Richard Boyd -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: philosophy
Charles Brainerd -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Claire Cardie -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computer science
Marianella Casasola -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Stephen Ceci -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Tanzeem Choudhury -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: machine learning, mobile systems, activity recognition, mobile health, computer science
Morten Christiansen -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Thomas Cleland -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: active sensation and construction of sensory representations; olfactory processing; generalization and perception; learning and memory; computational systems neurophysiology; mouse behavioral phenotyping; neural circuit structure and function
Abigail Cohn -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics
James Cutting -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Timothy Devoogd -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Molly Diesing -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics
Laurent Dubreuil -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: literary theory; cognitive sciences
David Dunning -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
David Easley -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: economics
Shimon Edelman -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Melissa Ferguson -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: philosophy
David Field -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Barbara Finlay -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology; neurobiology and behavior
Geraldine Gay -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: communication
Thomas Gilovich -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Jesse Goldberg -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: neurobiology, neuroscience, cognitive science
Michael Goldstein -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Jack Goncalo -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: organizational behavior; managing teams; creativity and innovations in organizations; managing social influence
John Hale -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computational linguistics
Joseph Halpern -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computer science
Jeffrey Hancock -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: communication and information science
Wayne Harbert -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics
Ronald Harris-Warrick -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: neurobiology and behavior
Alan Hedge -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: design and environmental analysis
Harold Hodes -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: philosophy
Ronald Hoy -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: neurobiology and behavior
Thorsten Joachims -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: cognitive studies
Robert Johnston -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Barbara Koslowski -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Carol Krumhansl -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Tamar Kushnir -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: cognitive development; causal reasoning; social cognition; moral reasoning; probability judgement; models of learning and development
Lillian Lee -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computer science
Christiane Linster -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: neurobiology and behavior
Hod Lipson -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: cognitive robotics; embodied AI; machine learning
Barbara Lust -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development; linguistics
Sarah Murray -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: formal semantics and pragmatics; dynamic semantics; cognitive science and philosophy of language; fieldwork; Cheyenne and other understudied languages
Anil Nerode -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: mathematics
Kathleen O'Connor -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: management
Derk Pereboom -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: free will and moral responsibility; philosophy of psychology; history of 17th- and 18th-century philosophy of religion
David Pizarro -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: psychology
Valerie Reyna -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Steven Robertson -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Mats Rooth -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics
J. (Jay) Edward Russo -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: management
Dawn Schrader -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: education
Bart Selman -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computer science
Richard Shore -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: mathematics
R. Nathan Spreng -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: Director, Laboratory of Brain & Cognition
William Starr -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: language, philosophy, & cognitive science
Khena Swallow -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: Psychology and cognitive science
Samuel Tilsen -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: speech; rhythm; gestures
Qi Wang -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Elaine Wethington -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
John Whitman -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics; Asian studies
Stephen Wicker -- Concentrations: Research interests: electrical and computer engineering
Wendy Williams -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: human development
Michele Williams -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: influences of social network factors; development of cooperative high-performance interpersonal relationships; the role of emotion in coordinating teams and knowledge work.
Ramin Zabih -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: computer science
Vivian Zayas -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: social cognition; human attachment; self-regulation; unconscious cognition
Draga Zec -- Concentrations: cognitive studies; Research interests: linguistics

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

James Gair -- Concentrations: Research interests: linguistics
Carl Ginet -- Concentrations: Research interests: philosophy