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IDP Faculty & Students


  • James Moore
  • Steven Parish
  • Katerina Semendeferi
  • Shirley Strum


  • Gert Cauwenberghs: Computational neuroscience, neuromorphic engineering, brain-machine interfaces.

Biology & Neurosciences

  • Terrence J Sejnowski: Computational neurobiology; the representation, transformation, and storage of information in the nervous system.

Cognitive Science

  • Benjamin Bergen: Mental simulation in language understanding; embodiment of linguistic constructions; processing of literal, abstract, and metaphorical language; language acquisition.
  • Lera Boroditsky: Relationships between mind, world and language. How we create meaning, imagine, and use knowledge. How the languages we speak shape the ways we think.
  • Andrea Chiba: Spatial attention, associative learning, acetylcholine, amygdala.
  • Seana Coulson: Cognitive electrophysiology, cognitive semantics, experimental pragmatics, gesture comprehension, synesthesia.
  • Sarah Creel: Language development, word recognition, eye tracking, cognitive control, music perception.
  • Virginia de Sa: Computational modeling, psychophysics studies, and machine learning to learn more about visual and multi-sensory perception.
  • Steven Dow: Human-computer interaction, social computing, and design. Understanding and creating tools to support creativity for individuals, groups, and crowds.Deanna Greene: Developmental cognitive neuroscience, brain network development, cortico-subcortical systems, neurodevelopmental disorders (primarily Tourette syndrome and its comorbid conditions, including ADHD and OCD), neuroimaging.
  • Philip Guo: Human-computer interaction, design, online learning, computing education, programmer productivity.
  • Jim Hollan: Cognitive ethnography, distributed and embodied cognition, human-computer interaction, multimodal interaction.
  • Terry L Jernigan: Relationship of brain development, genetic factors, and experience to developing behavioral phenotypes in children. Individual differences in learning and in neural architectures.
  • David Kirsh: Design, cognitive ethnography, distributed and embodied cognition, thinking with things, e-learning.
  • Anastasia Kiyonaga: How the brain generates and maintains transient mental representations to guide behavior. How the active content of thought intersects with perception, attention, and action.  
  • Scott Klemmer: Human-computer interaction and design. Empowering more people to design, program, learn, and create: example and data-driven design tools; unearthing ingredients of creative excellence; fostering social learning online.
  • Eran Mukamel: Computational analysis of large-scale neural data, electrophysiology of sleep and general anesthesia, computational epigenomics in brain cells.
  • Douglas A Nitz: Neural basis of spatial cognition and episodic memory, hippocampus, parietal cortex, premotor cortex.
  • Rafael Núñez: Embodied mind, abstraction, cognitive linguistics, gesture production, mathematical thinking.
  • Lara Rangel: Rhythmic coordination of brain activity, information processing in neural networks, dynamic interactions between neurons, learning, memory, neuromodulation. 
  • Federico Rossano: The development of social cognition in ontogeny and phylogeny; multimodal communication and its cross-cultural variability; cognitive development; comparative psychology; language evolution; social interaction and conversation analysis; social norms, social justice and accountability; cognitive and systemic psychotherapy.
  • Zhuowen Tu: Visual computing, machine learning, neuro imaging, statistical modeling/computing, medical informatics.
  • Haijun Xia: Human-Computer Interaction, Creativity Support Tools, Augmented/Mixed/Virtual Reality, Multimodal Interaction, Information/Data Visualization.

Cognitive Science & Neurosciences

  • Ayse P. Saygin: Cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, visual perception, attention, multisensory integration, biological motion, social neuroscience, language comprehension, human-machine interaction, social robotics.
  • Bradley Voytek: Oscillatory network communication, automated science, data-mining, aging, attention, working memory, cognitive brain-computer interfaces, brain/cognition/society interactions.

Cognitive Science & Psychology

  • Richard C Atkinson: Emeritus


  • Morana Alac: Science and technology studies, ethnography of scientific laboratories, ethnomethodology, human technology interaction, embodiment, gesture. .
  • Carol Padden: Development of writing systems in young children, interaction of language and cultural systems, including writing, drawing and reading, sign language.
  • David Serlin: Historical and contemporary approaches to disability and multimodal communication; tactile and olfactory forms of mediated experience; modalities of mind and body in queer and gender nonnormative subject formation.

Computer Science & Engineering

  • Serge Belongie: Computer vision and object recognition.
  • Garrison W Cottrell: Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science. Neural networks as a computational model applied to problems in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, engineering and biology.
  • Charles P Elkan: Automated reasoning, machine learning, cognitive architectures, foundations of artificial intelligence.
  • Yoav Freund
  • Sanjoy Dasgupta
  • Lawrence Saul

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Gert Lanckriet
  • Nuno Vasconcelos: Computer Vision; Object Detection and Recognition; Scene Classification; Image and Video Retrieval; Computational Models for Biological Vision; Saliency; Machine Learning; Generative and Large-margin methods.


  • Alison Wishard


  • Catherina Gere


  • Farrell Ackerman
  • Eric Bakovic: Phonological theory, optimality theory, Spanish.
  • Andrew Kehler: Computational linguistics, discourse interpretation.
  • Robert E Kluender: Neural substrates of language, sentence processing, language and cognition, syntactic theory.
  • Roger Levy: Computational psycholinguistics.
  • Rachel Mayberry
  • John C Moore: Syntactic morphology, spanish, lexical semantics.
  • Sharon Rose
  • Yaqian Huang: Phonetics, speech science, and speech processing.


  • Gerald J Balzano: Music perception, computers and learning, mathematics education, music education, theories of perception and learning, philosophy of mathematics.


  • Timothy T. Brown
  • Eric Courchesne: Attentional processing at the cellular, neurosystems and behavioral levels.
  • Steven A Hillyard: Neural mechanisms of attention, perception, and human information processing.
  • Dennis O'Leary: Genes involved in brain development.
  • David P Salmon: Cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology of learning and memory, dementia, amnesia.
  • Doris Trauner: Development of specific cognitive skills in children after early brain damage.

Neurosciences & Psychiatry

  • Philip M Groves

Neurosciences & Psychiatry & Psychology

  • Larry R Squire: Retrograde amnesia and memory consolidation.


  • William Bechtel: Philosophy of the life sciences (especially biochemistry and cell biology, neuroscience and the cognitive sciences) and philosophy of mind.
  • Paul M Churchland: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, epistemology, perception.
  • Patricia S Churchland: Philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language.
  • Jonathan Cohen: Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of language, metaphysics.
  • Matthew Fulkerson: My research is focussed on perception, pain, motivation, and justification. My work is thoroughly interdisciplinary, starting from humanistic concerns about the nature of lived human experience, and constrained and informed by work in a range of scientific disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, computer science, and linguistics. So far my primary focus has been on the sense of touch and haptic exploration. I’m especially interested in the relationship between bodily awareness and our experience of the world, and in understanding how touch connects and interacts with the other senses. More recently, I’ve been focussing on multisensory interactions, perceptual justification, and sensory pleasures and pains.
  • Rick Grush: Theoretical cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy of language.
  • Clinton Tolley: phenomenology, cognitive semantics, history of philosophical psychology and philosophy of mind.


  • Greg Brown: Computational modeling and brain imaging.
  • Walter Kaye: Neural processes contributing to behavior in anorexia and bulimia nervosa.


  • Thomas Albright
  • Stephan G Anagnostaras: Memory consolidation, intelligence, and addiction.
  • Stuart Anstis
  • Adam Aron: Human Executive Control; stopping, switching, prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia, diverse neuroscience methods, clinical disorders of impulse control.
  • Ursula Bellugi: Director, Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, Salk Institute. Domains of higher cortical function (language, spatial cognition) and their representation in the brain.
  • Leslie J Carver
  • Diana Deutsch
  • Karen Dobkins: Visual perception and underlying neural mechanisms.
  • Timothy Gentner
  • Christine Harris: Human Emotion, including its interaction with cognitive processes (memory, attention and decision making).
  • Gail D Heyman
  • Donald Macleod
  • Harold E Pashler: Basic cognitive processes, visual perception, attention.
  • Vilayanur S Ramachandran: Vision, perception, physiological psychology.
  • Timothy C Rickard
  • John T. Serences
  • Piotr Winkielman
  • John T Wixted


  • Eric Halgren

Rady School of Management

  • Ayelet Gneezy
  • Craig R. M. McKenzie: Decision making, reasonings, and learning.
  • Christopher Oveis: Emotions, Power and Status, Empathy and Compasssion, Social Psychophysiology


  • Hugh B Mehan: Sociolinguistics, cognitive sociology, sociology of knowledge.
  • Akos Rona-tas: Economic sociology, political sociology, social change, social stratification, survey and quantitative methodology.

Current IDP Students


  • Yelena Gluzman: Laboratory practices around social, embodied, and distributed cognition; interdisciplinarity in practice; art/science collaboration; theater as method; discourses of experimentality.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Erfan NozariMy research is broadly driven by a fascination for brain dynamics and the analytical power of systems and control theory. In my research, I seek to better understand (i) how the dynamics of our cognition (being essential for all its complexity and power) relate to the dynamics of the underlying brain networks and (ii) how we can use this relationship to treat neurocognitive disorders by controlling brain network dynamics. To address these questions, I develop theories about the relationship between brain network dynamics and cognition that are mathematically rigorous, algorithmically consistent with the brain's organization, and numerically replicating in vivo recordings.
  • Mahta Mousavi: Developing machine learning and design methods to improve the reliability of brain-computer interfaces. Applying the engineering tools of signal processing and machine learning to better understand how the human brain responds to feedback provided by an agent.


  • Qi ChengAge of acquisition effects on American Sign Language syntactic development; effects of early language deprivation on language and visual regions in the deaf brain; effects of processing limitations on language learning.
  • Yaqian Huang: My specialization is in phonetics, speech science, and speech processing. For my dissertation, I am studying a type of voice quality, period doubling, which is when the human voice is perceived as having two pitches plus a “rough” quality. This common yet understudied vocal phenomenon has distinct patterns in tonality and voice quality and therefore is of interest to work in both pitch perception and voice perception. The dissertation includes studies of the production and perception of period-doubling and perceptual learning of novel categories of different voice qualities including period-doubling and related “creaky” ones like "vocal fry." For one, I plan to study cognitive mechanisms linking human perception and the production of speech and music sounds. For another, I would like to apply speech processing methods to quantify the electroglottographic and audio signals of period doubling in


  • Noel Martin: Epistemology of experiment, emphasizing materials, measures, and practices; Interdisciplinarity in cognitive science; Integration of evidence, explanation, and methods in sciences of mind and brain.
  • Richard Vagnino: The research I am currently pursuing is focused on understanding the nuances of scientific practice–as well as the historical contingencies that have shaped these practices–in the hopes of coming to a richer understanding of human reasoning and learning generally, and scientific reasoning specifically.


  • Bradley Monk: Neurobiology of learning and memory; computational modeling of synaptic plasticity; 3D mesh construction of neural networks and Monte Carlo simulation of molecular processes related to LTP.