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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

September 15, 2021

Prof. Dan Hicks' paper "Open Science, the Replication Crisis, and Environmental Public Health" has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Accountability in Research. The...

September 13, 2021

Prof. Tyler Marghetis was interviewed on the Complexity Podcast, where he discussed his research on regimes and ruptures across timescales — from the frustration and creativity of...

August 12, 2021

Ben Falandays, a Ph.D. student in Cognitive and Information Sciences, was awarded the Marr Prize Marr Prize for Best Student Paper at the Cognitive Science Society’s annual conference. Read...