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Extended and Embodied Cognition

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Mission Statement

Our interdisciplinary program integrates methods and approaches from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science, to study thought and behavior. Our faculty have highly diverse research interests, and serve as graduate advisors, committee members, and collaborators.

Undergraduate Majors

The CIS department administers undergraduate majors in both Cognitive Science and Philosophy. Prospective or current students with questions about our undergraduate programs are invited to contact us for more information. Cognitive Science program information: cis-cogs-chair@lists.ucmerced.edu. Philosophy program information: cis-phil-chair@lists.ucmerced.edu.

Ph.D. Funding

The CIS program has multiple means of supporting graduate students. During each academic year, Ph.D. students are funded as either teaching assistants, research assistants, or through internal or external fellowships. All of these positions provide a full stipend and complete tuition waiver. Students almost always receive some form of summer stipendĀ in order to support their research activities when classes are not in session.

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Featured News

August 1, 2022

Professor of Cognitive and Information Sciences Paul Smaldino has joined the Santa Fe Institute as a member of their external faculty. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as a “Justice League...

June 7, 2022

Researchers from CIS will be out in force at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society this summer in Toronto, Canada. This peer-reviewed conference draws cognitive scientists from around...

May 31, 2022

CIS Professor Tyler Marghetis is on eof 74 to be named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences at the 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science U.S. Symposium, which is the Academy’s...