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Cognitive Science

Field Description

Cognitive science focuses on the nature and representation of knowledge. Among the many topics examined are logic and the justification of belief; the nature of mind and action; knowledge representation; knowledge acquisition; the knowledge, use, and acquisition of language; perception; concepts and conceptual change; artificial intelligence and parallel distributed processing; and the neurobiology of cognition.

The cognitive scienceminor is open to students who have elected a major field in which the minor can be appropriately included. Field members offer guidance to students in setting up and carrying out an integrated program of interdisciplinary study in conjunction with their major field. Major fields include (but are not limited to) computer science, human development, information science, linguistics, management, mathematics, neurobiology and behavior, philosophy, and psychology.

All cognitive science graduate minor students must take at least two 6,000-level courses: some 4,000-level courses will be allowed with the approval of your minor committee member.  One course should be taught outside your discipline (in another cognitive science affiliated department); the other is the required COGST 6101: Cognitive Science Proseminar (spring). This course surveys the study of how the mind/brain works, drawing primarily from six disciplines: philosophy, psychology, developmental science, neuroscience, linguistics, and computer science. Although at least two courses are required, we encourage you to take more courses offered by the program.

Please email the program manager (cogst@cornell.edu) with your course choices for approval.

The field sponsors a series of lectures and colloquia by internationally recognized scholars. Students are encouraged to meet with the speakers for informal discussion during their visits.

Each spring the program hosts Sprocket, the Cognitive Science Film Series in conjunction with COGST 1101. The evening, complete with pizza and conversation, is free and open to the Cornell community.

Travel funding for conferences and workshops is available to minor students.

The Annual Grad Convo/Info Blitz lunch is held each May in order for students to share their research with peers and faculty.

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.

 

Contact Information

Subject and Degrees

    Concentrations by Subject

    Cognitive Science (minor)

    • cognitive studies (minor)

    Faculty

    Erik Andersen

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Adam Keith Anderson

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: examination of the psychology and neuroscience of emotion and its influence on attention, memory and cognition

    Kaushik Basu

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies

    Lawrence Edward Blume

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: economics

    John S Bowers

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics

    Charles Brainerd

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Claire T Cardie

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Daniel Casasanto

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: experience and cognitive lab

    Marianella Casasola

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Stephen John Ceci

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Tanzeem Choudhury

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: machine learning, mobile systems, activity recognition, mobile health, computer science

    Morten H Christiansen

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Thomas A. Cleland

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: active sensation and construction of sensory representations; olfactory processing; generalization and perception; learning and memory; computational systems neurophysiology; mouse behavioral phenotyping; neural circuit structure and function

    Abigail C Cohn

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics

    James Eric Cutting

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Timothy John Devoogd

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Molly E Diesing

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics

    Laurent Dubreuil

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: literary theory; cognitive sciences

    David Alan Easley

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: economics

    Shimon Edelman

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Melissa Ferguson

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: philosophy

    David James Field

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Barbara L Finlay

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology; behavioral and evolutionary neuroscience

    Geraldine K. Gay

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: communication

    Thomas Dashiff Gilovich

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Carl Allen Ginet

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: philosophy

    Jesse H. Goldberg

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: neurobiology, neuroscience, cognitive science

    Michael H. Goldstein

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Joseph Yehuda Halpern

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Wayne Eugene Harbert

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics

    Ronald Morgan Harris-Warrick

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: neurobiology and behavior

    Alan Hedge

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: design; environmental analysis

    Haym Hirsh

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science; information science

    Ronald Raymond Hoy

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: neurobiology and behavior

    Daniel Peter Huttenlocher

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Thorsten Joachims

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Katherine Diane Kinzler

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: investigates the origins of human social cognition

    Barbara Marie Koslowski

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Carol Lynne Krumhansl

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Tamar Kushnir

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: cognitive development; causal reasoning; social cognition; moral reasoning; probability judgement; models of learning and development

    Lillian Jane Lee

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Christiane Linster

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: neurobiology and behavior

    Barbara Catherine Lust

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development; linguistics

    Michael Walton Macy

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: sociology

    David Mimno

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Sarah E. Murray

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: formal semantics and pragmatics; dynamic semantics; cognitive science and philosophy of language; fieldwork; Cheyenne and other understudied languages

    Anil Nerode

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: mathematics

    Kathleen M O'Connor

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: management

    Alexander Ophir

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: influences on social behavior, individual variations in genes, brain and behavior, monogamy and social attachment, social and spatial memory, animal communication

    Derk Pereboom

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: free will and moral responsibility; philosophy of psychology; history of 17th- and 18th-century philosophy of religion

    David A. Pizarro

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Hudson Kern Reeve

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: neurobiology and behavior

    Valerie Reyna

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Steven S Robertson

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Mats Rooth

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics

    Joseph Edward Russo

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: management

    Dawn Ellen Schrader

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: education

    Bart Selman

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Richard A Shore

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: mathematics

    Nicholas Silins

    • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: epistemology, philosophy of mind

    William Starr

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: language, philosophy

    Robert J. Sternberg

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development, psychology

    Khena Swallow

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: psychology

    Samuel Tilsen

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: speech; rhythm; gestures

    Qi Wang

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Elaine Wethington

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    John Bradford Whitman

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics; Asian studies

    Wendy Williams

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: human development

    Ramin Zabih

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: computer science

    Vivian Zayas

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: social cognition; human attachment; self-regulation; unconscious cognition

    Draga Zec

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Cognitive Science: cognitive studies
    • Research Interests: linguistics