Recent CogSci @ UC Merced News
Two more of our PhD students were recently awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in a major data science / industry [...]
CIS faculty Dr. Paul Smaldino recently published a paper on the “natural selection of bad science.” This work demonstrates that incentives for productivity can drive questionable scientific practices, and may then hinder scientific progress. In the paper, he and his collaborator analyze existing data, in addition [...]
Former COGS major Shreya Gupta is now a user experience (“UX”) researcher in Silicon Valley. For the past couple of years she’s been working with the growing startup called UserTesting, which creates tools for businesses and other website owners to investigate the nature of [...]
In Fall, 2016, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Paul Smaldino and Dr. David Jennings. We asked both about their backgrounds, research interests, and what they are excited to teach at UC Merced. See their responses below. Welcome Paul and David!
Dr. Bodo Winter, recent graduate of the CIS Ph.D. program, has begun a new position as a professor in the United Kingdom. This exciting opportunity will allow Bodo to start his own laboratory and expand his program of research and teaching at a new [...]
This past summer Ph.D. student Jessica Ross earned a spot in the Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Institute (supported by the Kavli Foundation), held at the UCSB campus in June, 2016. Her advisor, Dr. Ramesh Balasubramaniam, notes that this is a “very prestigious and highly selective summer [...]
We followed up with Drs. Alexandra Paxton and Drew Abney about their new adventures. Both recent Ph.D. graduates from UC Merced’s Cognitive & Information Sciences program, Alex is one semester into her postdoc at UC Berkeley on big data, and Drew is beginning his [...]
Cognitive Science professor Dr. Paul Maglio received a gift from Nissan Research to help support his lab’s studies on the relationship between human drivers and software systems that support autonomous vehicles. This research project asks critical questions about these emerging technologies, such as how [...]
CIS faculty Rick Dale has been awarded an Early Career Impact Award from the national Federation of Associated Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) foundation. The award is given every year to a handful of scholars, and is “presented to early career scientists of FABBS [...]
CIS faculty Anne Warlaumont has recently secured two NSF grants for UC Merced research, representing over $800,000 in support of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates conducting this research. Each supports her investigation of how babies learn to vocalize by developing quantitative data-based projects. One project, in collaboration with CIS faculty [...]
A project by CIS Prof. Chris Kello entitled “Generating Speech with Critical Branching Networks” has been funded by a Google Faculty Research Grant. The grant will fund graduate student research for the next two years to explore how dynamic networks that Prof. Kello is pioneering [...]
CIS faculty Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam is part of an exciting multi-institutional and multidisciplinary agenda to study musical experience and community through the lens of the cognitive and neural sciences. Known as the UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative (MERCI), it has now received a University [...]
Cognitive & Information Sciences professors Dr. Carolyn Dicey Jennings and Dr. David Noelle visited India this last summer to share the wonders of modern neuroscience with communities of Tibetan Buddhist monks.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has long supported scientific study, making bold statements [...]
CIS Prof. Teenie Matlock has successfully secured two CITRIS grants as a lead researcher on two exciting tech projects. CITRIS grants are highly competitive multi-campus research proposals to test ideas for new technology. Projects fund research for an entire year, and the two awards [...]
Dr. Katherine Livins, recent graduate of the CIS Ph.D. program, was awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in a major [...]
Dr. Emmanuel Vincent is a new Project Scientist with UC Merced. He recently came to the campus from MIT, where he was a postdoctoral researcher funded on a NOAA Climate and Global Change fellowship. Prior to doing research on climate-hurricane interaction at MIT, Emmanuel [...]
Cognitive & Information Sciences Ph.D. student David Vinson has been awarded a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. The award supports David for one academic year, and an opportunity to be mentored by an IBM scientist and participate in IBM’s research community, all while supporting his [...]
CIS faculty Prof. Michael Spivey is co-author on a provocative new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This article presents evidence that your moral decisions can be subtly affected by how your eyes move. In their study, Prof. Spivey and [...]
The Cognitive and Information Sciences faculty unit selects one person every year to honor with UC Merced’s Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award. The recipient is invited to campus to receive the award, and delivers a broad public talk detailing their influential and groundbreaking research. For [...]
CIS faculty member Dr. Carolyn Jennings has become widely known in her field of philosophy not only for her cutting-edge research on attention and consciousness, but also for her contributions to the profession itself.
Recently, she has published a number of research papers. “Attention and perceptual organization” [...]