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Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Sensorimotor Neuroscience
Human-Robot Interaction
Professor Carolyn Dicey Jennings
Critical Thinking and Data Analysis Skills
Professor Lace Padilla
Visual Decision-Making
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Science in a Democratic Society
Professor Michael Spivey
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: Philosophy program information:

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

January 26, 2021

The CIS Department at UC Merced is proud to announce that Teenie Matlock, Professor of Cognitive and Information Sciences and Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, has received the fifth annual Athena...

January 25, 2021

Faculty and students in the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences have been leveraging the many tools of cognitive science to help understand and respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic...

August 20, 2020

In Fall 2020, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes a new Assistant Professor Dr. Rachel Ryskin. We asked Rachel about her background, research and teaching interests, and why she’...