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From sensation to society, evolution to education, reasoning to robots
From Sensation to Society, Evolution to Education, Reasoning to Robots...
Sensorimotor Neuroscience Professor Balasubramaniam
Sensorimotor Neuroscience
Extended and embodied cognition Professor Spivey
Extended and Embodied Cognition
Human-robot interaction
Human-Robot Interaction
Cognition in the Wild (image from a CIS social) fencing
Cognition in the Wild (image from a CIS social)

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

Prospective or current students with questions about our undergraduate program are invited to contact us for more 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 stipend in order to support their research activities when classes are not in session.

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Featured News

September 6, 2023

This year’s Cognitive Science for the Common Good event will be jointly organized with the CROSSTALK talk series and will take place on October 25th, 2023 at 3pm in Conference Center 110. Dr....

Cognitive science students will be able to propose their own honors research projects.
July 26, 2023

Starting this fall, the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences is offering an honors program for undergraduate students. Read more here.

Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz and Professor Teenie Matlock at the dedication of Toloma Grove.
July 25, 2023

In the early days of building UC Merced, founding faculty member Teenie Matlock took on lots of tasks that were well outside her job description. Over the years, she expanded her service to the...