People

DIRECTOR

Prof. David Lightfoot, Linguistics, Director of Communication, Culture & Technology, and Director of Cognitive Science

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Valerie Darcey, Ph.D. student, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Patrick Cox, Ph.D. student, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

FACULTY STEERING COMMITTEE

Prof. Wayne A. Davis, Philosophy
Prof. Rhonda Dzakpasu, Physics
Prof. Paul Kainen, Mathematics
Prof. Janet Mann, Biology
Prof. Josef Rauschecker, Neuroscience
Prof. Maximilian Riesenhuber, Neuroscience
Prof. Chandan J. Vaidya, Psychology

FACULTY IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Prof. Rachel Barr, Psychology

Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of learning and memory that develop during infancy.

Prof. Heidi Byrnes, German

Her research, scholarship, and teaching focus on adult instructed second language acquisition, particularly at the very advanced level.

Prof. Sandra L. Calvert, Psychology

Her research activities involve the impact of information technologies such as television and computers on children's attention, comprehension, and social behavior.

Prof. Wayne A. Davis, Philosophy

His research interests are centered in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, and logic, and are focused mainly on the nature of mental states (particularly belief, desire, and thought) and the concept of meaning.

Prof. Rhonda Dzakpasu, Physics and Pharmacology

Her research investigates how excitatory-inhibitory balance modulates the self-organization of in vitro neural circuitry.

Prof. Guinevere Eden, Pediatrics

Her research focus is in neuroscience, particularly developmental dyslexia. Her work focuses on characterizing visual processing in individuals with and without dyslexia using fMRI and in extending this approach to other sensory domains, such as sensorimotor control.

Prof. Rhonda Friedman, Neurology

Her research focuses on deficits in language and cognition in adult neurologic patients with stroke, head injury and dementia.

Prof. Darlene V. Howard, Psychology

Her research investigates which cognitive and neural systems decline, and which are spared, in the course of aging.

Prof. Bryce Huebner, Philosophy

His research and teaching cover a host of interdisciplinary questions at the boundaries of philosophy and psychology. Most of his work focuses on issues of cognitive architecture (especially the architecture of the moral mind) and the the ethical dimensions of having the sort of cognitive architecture that we do.

Prof. Paul Kainen, Mathematics

His research interests include topology and geometry of nonlinear approximation (especially in regard to neural networks), theoretical biology (i.e., mathematical notions that may be somehow relevant), and quantum computation and graph theory.

Prof. Jagmeet S. Kanwal, Neuroscience

He studies the functional organization of the brain and the neural coding of sensory information.

Prof. Ruth Kramer, Linguistics

Her research interests are primarily in morphological and syntactic theory, with particular focus on the morphosyntax of noun phrases, and working on Afroasiatic languages.

Prof. Steve Kuhn, Philosophy

His research interests include logic, philosophy of logic, ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language.

Prof. Donna Lardiere, Linguistics

Her research interests include language acquisition, second language acquisition, morphological and syntactic theory, and developmental linguistics.

Prof. Ronald P. Leow, Spanish & Portuguese

His research interests include: teacher education, SLA, psycholinguistics, attention and awareness, and technology in learning.

Prof. David Lightfoot, Linguistics

His research interests include syntactic theory, language acquisition and historical change.

Prof. Alison Mackey, Linguistics

Her major research interests include: second language acquisition, in particular, input and interaction, the roles of attention and working memory in second language development; and second language research methodology.

Prof. Abigail A. Marsh, Psychology

Her research assesses neural substrates and behavioral outcomes related to facets of emotion, with a focus on empathy, altruism, aggression, and nonverbal communication.

Prof. Mark Maloof, Computer Science

His research interests include machine learning, data mining, on-line learning algorithms, concept drift, adaptive software systems, and applications of machine learning and data mining to computer security.

Prof. Janet Mann, Psychology and Biology

Her main interests are in ethological methods, mother-infant relationships and infant development in cetaceans and primates, evolution, and behavioral ecology.

Prof. John Mikhail, Law and Philosophy

His research interests include moral cognition and intuitions of justice and fairness.

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam, Psychology

His reasearch focuses on culture and intergroup conflict, with particular focus on the psychology of globalization, radicalization, and terrorism.

Prof. Paul Portner, Linguistics

His reasearch covers semantics, pragmatics, and the syntax/semantics interface.

Prof. Josef Rauschecker, Neuroscience

His interest is in the functional organization and plasticity of cerebral cortex.

Prof. Maximilian Riesenhuber, Neuroscience

His interest is in computational models, psychophysics and fMRI of high level vision, in particular object recognition, object representation, and attention.

Prof. Cristina Sanz, Spanish & Portuguese

Her focus is the acquisition of second languages and the relationship between bilingualism and cognition.

Prof. Pamela A. Saunders, Neurology

Her research is on communication, aging and Alzheimer's disease, including doctor-patient communication in the older patient population.

Prof. Michael Ullman, Neuroscience

He investigates the neural and psychological bases of language, and relations between language, memory and motor functions.

Prof. Jeffrey Urbach, Physics

His research involves imaging dynamical phenomena in physical systems.

Prof. Chandan J. Vaidya, Psychology

Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive and neural underpinnings of memory and cognitive control.

Prof. Mahendran Velauthapillai, Computer Science

His research focuses on learning theory, bioinformatics, protein linguistics, networks, and online algorithms.

Prof. Elizabeth Zsiga, Linguistics

Her research interests include phonological theory, second language phonology, phonetics (especially articulatory), speech synthesis, and the phonology/phonetics interface.