IDP Faculty




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.
Steven Dow: Human-computer interaction, social computing, and design. Understanding and creating tools to support creativity for individuals, groups, and crowds.
Jeff Elman: Language processing, psycholinguistics, event representation, discourse coherence.
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.
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.
Marta Kutas: Normal and abnormal language processing, memory, information processing, aging.
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.
Jaime Pineda: Neurobiology of social cognition, attention, face perception, addiction, monoamines, brain-computer interfaces.
Zhuowen Tu: Visual computing, machine learning, neuro imaging, statistical modeling/computing, medical informatics.
Angela J. Yu: Decision making, attention, active vision, learning, neuromodulation, Bayesian modeling, control theory.

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


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.

Electrical & Computer Engineer

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.


Catherina Gere


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.
John C Moore: Syntactic morphology, spanish, lexical semantics.


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


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

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 .


Stephan G Anagnostaras: Memory consolidation, intelligence, and addiction.
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.
Karen Dobkins: Visual perception and underlying neural mechanisms.
Christine Harris: Human Emotion, including its interaction with cognitive processes (memory, attention and decision making).
Harold E Pashler: Basic cognitive processes, visual perception, attention.
Vilayanur S Ramachandran: Vision, perception, physiological psychology.


Rady School of Management

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.


IDP Students


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

Computer Science & Engineering

Tomoki Tsuchida: effect of attentional modulation on unsupervised learning models; neuronal decision-making; and visual and auditory saliency.


Anne Therese Frederiksen: Psycholinguistics; cognitive and linguistic foundations of anaphora in American Sign Language; discourse structure; and reference resolution.


Jason Winning: Theoretical foundations of agency and agency-related notions, as refracted through the prisms of social psychology, neuroscience, robotics and AI, ethology, economics, and philosophy.


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.