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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: 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

October 11, 2021

CIS PhD Candidate Shannon Proksch has received the Cognitive & Information Sciences Graduate Student Spotlight Award for her exciting research and invaluable service to the department. Congrats,...

October 8, 2021

CIS Professor and Vice Provost for the Faculty Teenie Matlock was interviewed by USA Today regarding applications of her research to breast cancer treatment.  Read the interview here.

October 5, 2021

Professor Carolyn Dicey Jennings is publishing a new textbook! Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience introduces cognitive science to a philosophical and interdisciplinary audience. Prof. Jennings co-...