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September 5, 2018
In Fall 2018 Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Kristina Backer. We asked Kristina about her background, research interests, and what she’s excited to teach at UC Merced. What is your background? I am a cognitive neuroscientist. I completed my...
October 17, 2017
Jazz musicians riffing with each other, humans talking to each other and pods of killer whales all have interactive conversations that are remarkably similar to each other, new research revealed today. Cognitive science researchers at UC Merced have developed a new method for analyzing and...
September 18, 2017
In Fall 2017, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Colin Holbrook. We asked Colin about his background, research interests, and what he’s excited to teach at UC Merced. See his responses below.   What is your background? I am an evolutionary...
August 8, 2017
CIS faculty, led by Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam, have secured NSF funding for the next CHASE (Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments) Summer School. This will be the second such summer school, organized by UC Merced faculty affiliated with CHASE.  The first, held in 2014,...
May 22, 2017
At commencement ceremony this year, three CIS Ph.D. candidates walked across the stage to celebrate their time at UC Merced, and recognize their imminent completion of the degree. Jeff Rodny (advisor: D. Noelle) and David Vinson and Maryam Tabatabaeian (advisor: R. Dale) were hooded by their...
March 15, 2017
Two more of our Ph.D. students were recently awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in...
February 1, 2017
CIS faculty Dr. Paul Smaldino recently published a paper on the “natural selection of bad science.” This work demonstrates that incentives for productivity can drive questionable scientific practices, and may then hinder scientific progress. In the paper, he and his collaborator analyze...
November 13, 2016
Former COGS major Shreya Gupta is now a user experience (“UX”) researcher in Silicon Valley. For the past couple of years she’s been working with the growing startup called UserTesting, which creates tools for businesses and other website owners to investigate the nature of their...
October 15, 2016
In Fall, 2016, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Paul Smaldino and Dr. David Jennings. We asked both about their backgrounds, research interests, and what they are excited to teach at UC Merced. See their responses below.  Paul Smaldino: What is your...
September 14, 2016
This past summer Ph.D. student Jessica Ross earned a spot in the Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Institute(supported by the Kavli Foundation), held at the UCSB campus in June, 2016. Her advisor, Dr. Ramesh Balasubramaniam, notes that this is a “very prestigious and highly selective summer...

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