Philip Guo featured in MIT EECS Connector

Computer science alum Philip Guo aims to lower the barriers to learning programming and data science. MIT EECS Alumni Magazine

Interested in learning Spanish online this summer? Study participants needed.

Are you interested in learning Spanish online this summer? Participate in this research study hosted by Stanford! Compensation is offered. 

Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Assistants Needed

We are excited for another year of welcoming over 2,000 new international students this fall! We would like to extend an invitation to any students who would like to volunteer.  In return, the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) would love to outfit you with an exclusive, limited-edition ISPO Orientation T-shirt, grant you access to our fun welcome activities, and get you fed at every event!

CogSci alumni, Sian Beilock, chosen as President of Barnard College

Rafael Nuñez featured in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

In this issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Núñez critically evaluates the idea that humans have an evolved capacity to represent number and perform arithmetic. He marshals evidence from non-industrialized nations and calls for a clearer distinction in the field between quantical and numerical cognition. Nieder and Núñez exchange letters further debating these ideas. Cover image from iStockphoto/Mike_Kiev. Cover design by Rebecca Schwarzlose.

Discover UChicago Graduate School

The University of Chicago is now accepting applications for our Discover UChicago program, an expenses-paid visit weekend to be held October 26-28, 2017 for candidates traditionally underrepresented in their fields planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2017 for matriculation in the fall of 2018. This exciting event combines workshops on applying to graduate school, individual meetings with faculty, and opportunities to connect with current UChicago students, as well as to explore our community and the city of Chicago.

CogSci Honors Thesis 101

May 23rd in the ERC Room (Price Center)


Come learn what it takes to be part of the Honors Program in the Cognitive Science department! 

Career Talk: Occupational Therapy

Check out a unique career path you can take with a Cognitive Science Degree!  Next week, UCSD CogSci Alum Gina Bello will be talking about her journey to becoming an occupational therapist and can answer any questions you may have!

Date change! 2017 CogSci Honors Student Presentations

Join us on Thursday, June 15th from 11-1:00pm for the 2017 CogSci Honors Student presentations!

Applications of Data Science Talk: Eran Mukamel

Applications of Data Science Talk

Eran Mukamel on Epigenetic Regulation of Brain Development & Plasticity

Monday, April 24th

CSE 1202 4-5pm

Volunteers Needed for CC2UCSD Symposium

The Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) is hosting a one-day Community College Symposium on Friday, May 19th (8am-4:30pm @ UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute). The purpose of the symposium is to expose community college students to the diverse areas of research in all departments at UC San Diego. Students from Community Colleges in the San Diego area will attend. The day will include research talks by faculty members and students, poster session by students, roundtable discussions, and tours.  We are currently seeking volunteers for this exciting event. 

Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego No.1 in the World

The University of California San Diego is listed first in a new Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s top “Golden Age” universities—the best 100 institutions that were founded between 1945 and 1966.

Su17 ANBI 173: How Monkeys See the World

How do other animals think? Can they lie? Do they mourn their dead? What does this tell us about ourselves? Come find out!

The last divide between humans and other animals is in the area of cognition. A comparative perspective to explore recent radical reinterpretations of the cognitive abilities of different primate species, including humans and their implications for the construction of evolutionary scenarios. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

Spring 2017 Design@Large Talks


CSE Building, Room 1202

Wednesdays 4pm - 5:15pm

Cognition At Work -- Annual Cognitive Science Student's Association National Conference

Join UCSD's Cognitive Science Student Assocation at their annual conference, Sunday April 9 at UCSD.

UCSD Community Psychiatry: Mental Health Career Fair and Educational Day

Join us for an exciting afternoon with FREE LUNCH!

The UCSD Career Fair and Educational Day will promote careers in the mental health field. The fair will provide a supportive experience for students of all backgrounds to gain a better understanding of mental health careers, education paths, and resources available to them.

PhD Candidate Rose Hendricks Op-Ed: Communicating Climate Change

In this op-ed, our very own Cognitive Science Ph.D. student Rose Hendricks explains how the way we talk about climate change affects what people think about it.

Breaking Habits: A Discussion with Dr. Christina Gremel

Faculty Talk:

Christina Gremel, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UC San Diego will be discussing her research on habit formation and addiction.

Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

***Currently recruiting student presenters and conference attendees.***

The 2017 Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) is taking place on Friday, March 17 at the Institute of the Americas from 9:00am-3:00pm. This conference showcases student research and creativity in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities through poster presentations, art displays, and artistic performances. 

UCSD Summer Research Program with Design Lab and Contextual Robotics Institute

The UCSD Design Lab and Contextual Robotics Institute are looking for undergraduates to join us in San Diego in Summer 2017 to conduct novel research at the intersection of design, cognitive science, robotics, and computer science.

2017 UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

Our conference provides community-college, university, post-bac students and pre-health advisors with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the health-professions school admission process. It provides a unique opportunity for direct contact with deans of admission, admission officers, financial aid officers, faculty, and staff from a wide variety of health professional programs. This year, we will host 4,500 attendees.

COGS 87: Blogging Cognitive Science

Join us this spring to learn about CogSci blogging!

Sign up for Cogs 87 C00 Sp17

Wednesday 2pm-2:50pm in York 4050A

Section ID #901289, Dr. Seana Coulson

Any questions can be directed to Rose Hendricks [].

Brad Voytek Interviewed by Berkeley Neuroscience News

CSSA Cognitive Science Conference 2017

This year on Sunday, April 9th, the Cognitive Science Student Association will be hosting its Annual Cognitive Science Conference at PC Ballroom East starting from 10am.  The theme is Cognition@Work and will highlight the inner mechanisms of the brain along with the practical applications of Cognitive Science in the workplace.  Our Keynote speaker is our very own Don Norman!  Guest Speaker is Nate Bolt of ethnio!

Intuit: An Employers Perspective on Landing the Internship

TIPS AND TRICKS: An employers Perspective on Landing the Internship

Join Intuit for a panel discussion with a few of our university recruiters amd recent grads. Learn tips for interviews, offer negotiation, and communication wth employers. 


Opening - CogSci Assistant Teaching Professor

EDS 198: Teaching Computational Thinking for Everyone

Teaching Computational Thinking for Everyone

EDS 198 (Directed Group Study) - Dr. Beth Simon

T/Th 12:30-1:50 - Spring 2017


Do you believe that computation and computing is critical for everyone in the 21st century?  Do you want to help others learn, not only how to program, but how to think logically, debug technical situations, and create video games in a simple programming language?  If so, this class is for you!

Tech Talk and Pre-Hack Tutorial

Teradata is hosting a tech talk and pre-hack tutorial on Monday, February 27th 6-8pm in the Qualcomm Conference Center. There will be pizza!

Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Services Hackathon

The Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Services Hackathon sponsored by Teradata will be held from March 3rd-5th, 2017 in the CSE building.

UC Executive Order-Immigration Resource

The University of California has a released a website with information on immigration and resources relevant to the Executive Order.

Intel Deep Learning Workshop

Intel is coming to UC San Diego with a new workshop on Deep Learning.

Thursday, 2/23/17, 5pm-8pm

Join us for dinner, learning, giveaways and prizes for all attendees!

Learn the fundamentals of Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence focused on newly optimized frameworks for Intel Architecture like Neon, Caffe, and Theano from professional and academic experts. The workshop will touch on topics relating to:

  • - Machine Learning & Deep Learning Fundamentals
  • - Applications in Real Life
  • - Deep Learning Examples, like Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) for Image Recognition
  • - How Intel plans to help developers to improve performance of Machine Learning workloads
  • - What frameworks are optimized for Intel Architecture, and how you can get access to them
  • - And more!

The Design Lab Studio Session: Crafting the Image in Surgery

The Design Lab will be hosting a Studio Session featuring Helena Mentis, Ph.D. on Tuesday 2/7.


She will be speaking on the topic of Crafting the Image in Surgery. We invite you to attend the session at the Design Lab, Atkinson Hall 1601, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.


Space is limited, please arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Computing Paths Info Session

Tuesday February 14th


(CSE) EBU-3B 1202

Interested in studying the computational sciences at UC San Diego? Find out how you can research the major that best maches your interests, aptitude, and career aspiration.

The Equilibrium: Team Application Deadline

Are you a Warren student? Are you currently involved or interested in undergraduate research? Join The Equilibrium’s editorial team today! Funded by the Warren Provost’s office, The Equilibrium team annually reviews, edits, and publishes research conducted by Warren undergraduates in all fields of study. We’re looking for passionate individuals to be the next student editors, design editors, and public relations officers. To learn more about our available positions and the application process, contact us!


Deadline: Friday February 3rd, 11:59 PM



Uncovering Black America's Contributions to Cognitive Science

Come to a lunch seminar hosted by the UCSD Department of Cognitive Science, we will recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black researchers by speaking about the work of three amazing scientists and discussing the importance of a diversity of perspective in research. 

Amazon Intern Assessment Day!

Amazon will be onsite Wednesday February 1st 2017 to hold an in person assessment for their Summer 2017 Internship Program! 

If you have not been invited to participate yet, and your graduation date falls between December 2017 and June 2018 please reach out directly to the Amazon recruiter Leo Pichette at 

One-on-One Chat with IBM research Thursday 1/19/17 Muir Woods Coffee House

Want to find out what IBM Research is all about?  Come chat with Rachel Ostrand, a 2016 PhD graduate of UCSD Cognitive Science and current IBM Research employee.

San Diego Cyber & Bio-Tech Hack-A-Thon

San Diego Cyber & Bio-Tech Hack-A-Thon | Booz Allen Hamilton
People. Passion. Purpose.

Are you a student innovator? Are you a part of the San Diego innovation community? Do you work at a startup or an incubator? Are you a software engineer? Can you translate tough ideas into a pitch?

Here’s your chance for your team to compete for prizes ($5K in cash awards) while solving the top issues facing our nation. Judges represent the top companies in innovation, technology and bio-tech within the San Diego community.

Booz Allen Hamilton is hosting a two-day Cyber & Bio-Tech Hack-A-Thon in San Diego where YOU can compete, participate, and network with top industry leaders in both cybersecurity and biotechnology fields.

Bring your laptop and ideas, we’ll host the food and fun!

Booz Allen Hamilton Ideas Festival

Booz Allen Hamilton Ideas Festival
#WhatIf2017 San Diego

#WhatIF you were given a platform to share your story, influence, and inspire colleagues around the world to develop different ideas, driven by purpose, and fueled by passion. Take part in a celebration of people, purpose, and passion by attending Ideas Festival 2017, hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton.  

Here’s your chance to share your out of the box ideas with thought leaders and influencers in the fields of cybersecurity and biotechnology. Share your inspirations and ideas. Enjoy interactive panel discussions and learn from the innovation community within San Diego.

Booz Allen Hamilton is hosting a two-day FREE Ideas Festival where YOU can participate in interactive demos and activities while networking with top industry and business leaders in San Diego.

Opening - Temporary Lecturer

Winter 2017 Design@Large Talks


CSE Building, Room 1202

Wednesdays 4pm - 5:15pm

Taco Tuesday – Intel’s new technology and tacos

A​re you back into the swing of things after break​? 

​Join Intel for Taco Tuesday!

Please bring your resume!


Taco Tuesday – Intel’s new technology and tacos; could there be a better match? 


Date: January 10th  

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Jacob’s School of Engineering Courtyard

Looking for a class to take Winter 2017?

Sign up for COGS 118D: Mathematical Statistics for Behavioral Data Analysis.

BMES Lab Expo

The UCSD Biomedical Engineering Society invites you to join the BMES Lab Expo on Friday, January 20th 2017, 10AM-5PM in the Price Center Ballroon, East. 

Click the title to view flyer!

PhD Program at Univ. of South Florida

The Psychology Department at the University of South Florida is recruiting students for its PhD program this year. There are three areas, but this is on behalf of the Cognitive Neuroscience group of researchers in the experimental psychology area (called Cognitive, Neuroscience & Social-- CNS).

Engineering Summer Research & Graduate School Opportunities at Stanford University" Information Session - Monday, November 14, 2016

AEP invites you to "Engineering Summer Research & Graduate School Opportunities at Stanford University" Information Session - Monday, November 14, 2016

Opening - Temporary Lecturer

Link2Blue Tech

Are you interested in a career in BlueTech? Come check out Link2BlueTech - where students like you are introduced to a panel of industry experts and given the opportunity to network and hear about exciting job opportunities within San Diego's BlueTech sector. November 15th 11:30am-1pm at Miracosta College in Oceanside, CA.

Design Opening - Assistant Professor

Design Opening - Associate Professor

Law School Information Fair

The Career Center's Law School Information Fair is Wednesday, November 2nd.  Please stop by and meet with admissions directors if you’re interested in the law school process.  There will be over 80 schools and test prep companies coming to the fair.  The list of participating schools can be found at  There will also be a number of related events such as the LSAT Jeopardy offered by Kaplan and 2 admissions panels. 

Click the title for more information!

Link2Downtown Tech Companies

Link2Downtown Tech provides students like you with the opportunity to engage with the growing tech sector in Downtown San Diego. Event is on Friday, November 4th from 12-5pm.

As a participant, you will be provided free roundtrip transportation to Downtown San Diego. On the tour, you will get behind the scenes tours with successful San Diego tech companies and get to see first hand the creative workspaces they have established for their employees.

Click the title for more information!

Undergraduate Research Scholarships Info Session

Academic Enrichment Programs is hosting an information session on how to apply to UC San Diego’s Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) and will mention other summer opportunities briefly.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) & Summer Opportunities Info Session  

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

4 – 5 p.m.

@ Natural Sciences Building Auditorium

Postdoc Position available in Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers for a postdoctoral position immediately available in the Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, led by Angela Yu, at University of California, San Diego.

COGS Classes Advising Night

Do you have questions about Wi17 scheduling of classes?  Come to CSSA Advising night on 11/2/16 from 5pm-6pm in CSB 003 for answers.  See you there!

THINK You: IBM Workshop to Design Better Career Search

IBM is excited to invite you to attend our design thinking workshop, THINK You. 
This is an invitation-only learning opportunity to provide you useful insights about yourself and others who may be involved as you plan your career. Through this exercise, you'll also learn about the Design Thinking approach that IBMers use to deliver outcomes at speed and scale. After the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to meet IBM Recruiters for career related questions. 

IBM Demo ​Day

October 24, 2016 

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Jacobs Hall | Qualcomm Conference Room

Join us to learn more about the groundbreaking projects at IBM!

TONIGHT: Facebook Tech Talk 10/18/16 Jacobs Hall - Qualcomm Conference Center

What is Production Engineering and Software Engineering at Facebook and how do the roles complement one another?

IBM Info Session

IBM is now hiring entry-level consultants

Cohen, Simons, and Marcus Fellowships at the Marcus Autism Center

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering four fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, and the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2017 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2017, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at: and

Tips and advice from CogSci Grad Students

The Cognitive Science Graduate Students are hosting a panel for students interested in graduate school  Thursday, October 20th, 6-7pm in CSB 003.

Mitchell Intern Program Info Session

Mitchell Info Session - October 13, 2016 - 6-8pm Jacobs Hall - Qualcomm Conference Center

IBM Tech Talk: Transaction Networks 10/13/16 11AM - 1PM

The Future of the Internet is Transaction Networks

Come to CSSA 1st GBM

We know you've all been anxious to get involved in the CogSci community so without further adieu... you are invited to our very first GBM of the 2016-2017 school year!

Design Club Prototype GBM

Ever wanted to learn skills from outside your Major?? Want to work on a design project while doing so? Then this is the place for you.

Data Science, Human Augmentation or Robotics Faculty Opening - Assistant Professor

HCI Opening - Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE)

COGS 109 Poster Session

You are cordially invited to the COGS 109 Poster Session! Light refreshments will be provided. Drop-ins for a portion of the time are very welcome!

2nd Annual Design Competition

Objective is to design a device or platform that improves the quality-of-life for senior citizens.

Steven Dow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Professor Steven Down presented a keynote address at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

CogSci alumni take on 10,000-mile ‘Mongol Rally’ for local charity

Nick Bokaie, a native Petaluman who last year graduated with a degree in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, said he stumbled on the rally online soon after he’d finished school and decided there was “no better time” to take on the journey, which starts in London and ends in Russia, about 400 miles north of Mongolia’s capital.

EEG Tools to Help Individuals with Clinical Disorders

Come to EEG Workshop

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Come to the Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations on Friday 6/10/16 from 10:30am-1pm in CSB 180.  Lunch will be served!!!!

Professor Rafael Núñez invited as a keynote speaker at Rome's International Science Festival

This year's festival is about relativity

Jeff Elman, elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Three faculty members of the University of California San Diego have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s most esteemed honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

DESIGN LPSOE OPENING – Assistant Teaching Professor

Open recruitment for DESIGN LPSOE OPENING – Assistant Teaching Professor

Rafael Núñez and Kensy Cooperrider in National Geographic: These People Have a Mind-Bending Way to Navigate

Yupno speakers in Papua New Guinea are the first known to imagine slopes to orient themselves inside flat homes.

Come to CSSA Spring Quarter Events

Excel with Integrity Contest: Cash prize! Deadline March 31st

1st place is $250 in triton cash! (and the odds of winning are currently pretty good—they need more contestants!!)

Department of Cognitive Science Alum Receives Prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from NSF

Metamorphosis of the Mind National Cognitive Science Conference

You're invited to Metamorphosis of the Mind National Cognitive Science Conference on Apr 10, 2016 at PC Ballroom West from 10:00am - 5:30pm

Insight Fellows Programs

g.tec free webinars

9th annual student competition for human rights fellowships

Successful applicants for the 2016 UC Human Rights Fellowship will receive $5,000 for summer internships with a human rights organization of his or her choice.

Call for poster sessions at the 2016 NCSSA conference on 4/10/16

Join the Cognitive Science Student Association as we proudly host the Annual National Cognitive Science Conference “Metamorphosis of the Mind” at UCSD on April 10, 2016.

3rd Annual Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Are you an undergraduate interested in the Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities?  Then consider presenting your research at the UCSD Undergraduate Conference for Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CRASSH) to be held on Friday, February 19 from 10am to 3:30pm at the Institute of the Americas.

Computational Neuroscience summer research training opportunity

Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh.

Center for Visual Science Undergrad Fellowship Applications Open Now

Undergraduates in their junior (3rd) year during the 2015-2016 academic year of baccalaureate studies interested in neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory training.

Zhuowen Tu Receives Marr Prize Honorable Mention at the International Conference on Computer Vision

Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.

Public Health Research Day

The UC San Diego Institute for Public Health will host the 2nd Annual Public Health Research Day Symposium and Poster Session to highlight research accomplishments and real world Public Health activities of the UC San Diego Public Health community.

Assistant Professor - CSE and Cognitive Science Joint Appointment in Contextual Robotics

HCI Opening - Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE)

HCI Opening - Assistant or Associate Faculty Member

HCI Faculty Opening - Assistant Professor

HCI Faculty Opening - Associate Professor

Cognitive Psychology Graduate Programs at the University at Buffalo

The Psychology Department at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (UB) is currently accepting applications for our Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology.

Special CARTA Lecture on Ethical Behavior and Moral Values (December 7)

CARTA is delighted to invite you to a special lecture by the renowned evolutionary biologist and longtime CARTA member, Dr. Francisco Ayala (UC Irvine).

The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Contest 2015-2016

The UCSD Department of Literature is now accepting campus submissions for The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize!

Graduate studies at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

The admission season for Princeton's PhD program in Neuroscience is now open

Rincon Research Info Session: 10/29/15 5:00 PM CSE 1202

Learn about Full-Time positions and Summer 2016 Internships

Teradata Hackathon

Teradata Hackathon! 10/23/15 2:00PM - MIDNIGHT in CSE 1202

Sony PlayStation Info Session

TONIGHT! SONY Playstation: 6:00PM - CSE 1202

Cognitive Science Student Association's 1st General Body Meeting

You are all welcome to our first Cognitive Science Student Association General Body Meeting of the year!  We'll be meeting this Wednesday 10/7/15 at 6:30pm at the PC West (Red Shoe Room).

Alum, Dedre Gentner, wins prestigious Rumelhart prize

CogSci Researchers Identify ‘Conjunction Junction’ for Brain’s Navigation Function

First Author Chun Chieh Fan

Patterns in sulci and gyri don’t predict cognitive ability, but may help diagnose disease

Class Central Interviews Scott Klemmer

Learning the Art and Science of Interaction Design

Opportunity to visit the MIT Media Lab!

You're invited to the MIT Media Lab Open House for prospective students.

Dsgn 1 - Design of Everyday Things

Looking for a class to take in Fall 15, Sign up for DSGN 1

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

You are cordially invited to the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentationson on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:30am – 2:00pm in Cognitive Science Building, Room 180

Mike Datko Interviewed about Pint of Science Festival

PhD Candidate of Cognitive Science at UCSD, Mike Datko discusses the science of love and attraction at the Pint of Science Festival. Pint of Science is an international organization that aims to foster community interest in science through palatable presentations over a beer.

Scott Klemmer on the BBC's Forum

Listen to BBC's Forum where Scott Klemmer discusses the future of learning


UPDATE - Morning Session Added: Autodesk 3-D Workshop: 5/22/15 9-Noon AND 1-5pm: Qualcomm Conference Room: Seating Limited-Register NOW!

Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Fellowship at Indiana University

We invite members of the community to consider applying for the Indiana University Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship

PhD Defense: Tyler Marghetis

PhD Defense: Tyler Marghetis

Friday, April 24th at 11am

"Every Number In Its Place: The Spatial Foundations Of Calculation And Conceptualization"

Cognitive Neuroscience Society - Q&A with Marta Kutas

Marta Kutas has been smitten from the beginning with ERPs – event-related potentials, measures of electrical activity in the brain. She calls them “temporally exquisite instruments for investigating what the brain does – loosely, the mind.”

CNS - The Distinguished Career Contributions Award

Congratulations to Marta Kutas. The Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.  The recipient of this prize will give a lecture at our annual meeting.

Brad Voytek receives a Sloan Fellowship

The prestigious fellowships honor early-career academics whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $50,000 to further their research in eight areas: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.

IMPULSE JOURNAL: Recruiting New Undergrad Reviewers

Impulse Journal, a premiere international undergraduate neuroscience research journal has set up an Review Site on the UCSD campus, and is currently recruiting students to participate on the editorial board.

Join the Guardian — student journalism, professional publication

Come out to our recruitment meeting on Friday, Feb. 13th at 5 p.m. in the Guardian Office, located on the second floor of the Old Student Center, above the A.S. Lecture Notes. Free newspapers (and food) on attendance.

Tyler Marghetis quoted in the New York Times

SDSU Datathon

Analyse & visualize local data sets to help solve social problems for $2,100 in prizes.

Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education

The program is a ten-week undergraduate internship where students work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, receive core training, and gain hands-on research experience with emerging interface technologies. Interns accepted into this program receive on-campus housing and a meal plan, as well as a stipend.

Salesforce Day at UCSD! 1/29/15 12:00 - 2:00 pm and 6:30 8:00 PM CSE Bldg

Salesforce recruiting day!

TODAY! Skyworks Info Sessions: Summer Internships! Wednesday 1/28/15 - 10am, 1pm and 4pm

Now hiring summer interns (Electrical Engineering, CSE, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nano Engineering, and CogSci majors). Meet representatives and hear about paid internships!

Funding opportunities for undergraduates in the arts, social sciences, and humanities

Academic Enrichment Programs, has a number of funding opportunities for undergraduates who are interested in research and/or advanced degrees in the arts, social sciences, and humanities

Cog Sci Faculty member receives Lifetime Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Jim Hollan, this year's distinguished recipient of the CHI Lifetime Research Award

Introducing the UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative

A team assembled by UCSD's Scott Makeig, wins $300K award for music-and-science initiative.

UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program

The UC San Diego Strategic Planning process has identified four research themes to focus on as we build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future.

UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

KPBS article: There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in the new book, "Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?"

Founding Chair of Cognitive Science returns to UCSD

Don Norman, an engineer and psychologist famous for pushing companies to develop products that are easy to use, is setting up a design lab at UC San Diego, a campus he left decades ago to help shape the future of Apple Computer.

Coursera and UC San Diego Partner to Offer New Interaction Design Specialization

Learners in massive open online courses offered by Coursera can now enroll in 18 new Specializations – a targeted sequence of courses designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise. One of the specializations  “Interaction Design”  is being led by University of California, San Diego Professor Scott Klemmer.

Brad Voytek and brainSCANr

BrainSCANr is designed to help neuroscientists choose research projects, a device by Bradley Voytek of the University of California, San Diego, and his wife Jessica.

Three Open Assistant Professor Positions

UCSD Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities (CRASSH)

Are you an undergraduate interested in the Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities?  Then consider presenting your research at the UCSD Undergraduate Conference for Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CRASSH) to be held on November 4 from 10am to 2pm at the UCSD Price Center.

Marta Kutas receives the Distinguished Career Contributions in Cognitive Neuroscience Award

Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea by Prof. Rafael Núñez and former grad student Kensy Cooperrider in National Geographic

Jamie Alexandre is awarded a Chancellor's Dissertation Medal - 2014

The purpose of the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal is to recognize outstanding PhD research in one of six divisional 

Andrea Chiba, one of four UCSD Faculty to receive "Early Concept" grants from Obama's BRAIN Initiative

Andrea Chiba, associate professor of cognitive science, for “Socially Situated Neuroscience: Creating a Suite of Tools for Studying Sociality and Interoception.” “The “interoceptive” system is said to be a neural system that is critical to our physiological self-awareness and the feelings we share with others,” said Chiba.“This project aims to co-develop light, wireless, flexible recording sensors, an iRat (a robotic ‘animat’ with rat-like social behavior) and a set of experiments to interrogate the ‘interoceptive system’ by simultaneously examining physiological measures, neural activity and complex social behavior.” Primary researchers on the grant, in addition to Chiba, are Laleh Quinn, Todd Coleman and Marcelo Aguilar-Rivera of UC San Diego and Janet Wiles of the University of Queensland Australia.

UCSD Cognitive Science graduate receives modeling award at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Former graduate student Ben Cipollini received a modeling award and $1000 prize at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, for his work with Prof. Gary Cottrell on lateralization in visual processing.

Thanh Maxwell Recognized for Exemplary Service to Campus and Community at Annual Employee Awards

Boroditsky on Slate


Design Competition's Closing Ceremony

Design.UCSD Competition Closing Ceremony (3-5pm, June 6th @ the Loft)

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

You are cordially invited to the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Friday, June 13, 2014

9:00am – 3:00pm

in Cognitive Science Building, room 003

Marta Kutas receives honorary Doctor of Science degree from Oberlin College

CSSA's 9th Annual Cognitive Science Conference

The CSSA's 9th Annual Cognitive Science Conference is coming up! The conference is a day-long event, and attendance is free. It will take place on Friday, May 30 from 11am-4:30pm in Price Center Ballroom East.

UCSD Cognitive Science reunion

Join us for a UCSD Cognitive Science reunion on Saturday May 3, 2014.  Please register here:

Resident Zombie Expert

San Diego's Union tribune interviewed the department's newest faculty member, Brad Voytek.

Marta Kutas makes the top 100 List of Notable Professors

Academic research is a driving force behind innovation in science, technology, and culture. The studies being conducted at the top universities today have the potential to yield new knowledge that could influence the day to day lives of millions or billions of people. While doctoral and post-doctoral studies can be a long, difficult path, the appeal of making new discoveries and working with the brightest intellects in the world offers plenty of motivation for many students.

Design.UCSD Innovation Jam

Design.UCSD is a Student Design Competition hosted by UXSD (User Experience San Diego), a student-run design organization. This competition aims to engage students, with the support of industry and the university, in the design thinking process to tackle challenges that are familiar to them--the campus experience.

Call for CogSci Reunion posters

The Cognitive Science Department is hosting an alumni reunion on May 3. (See:   The reunion will include a poster session.  Take advantage of this opportunity to show your research to other members of the past and current cognitive science community. 

Pump up the Code Jam, registration is open!

Google's Code Jam competition brings the world's coding community together to solve algorithmic puzzles.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program to help provide educational opportunities for future generations of scientists. In addition to investing in the world's future scientific endeavors, Thermo Fisher Scientific prides itself on our eco-friendly operations and products, along with working with customers, industry, and the scientific community to advance environmental management and science.


Congrats to CogSci Honors Student Melody Kim!

Interaction14 Conference Committee has chosen Cognitive Science Honors Student, Melody Kim, as one of five finalists for the 2014 IxDA Student Design Challenge chosen from over 70 applicants around the world.

Active Network Info Session

Join us as we listen to Alex Genov, Principal User Researcher, and UCSD Cognitive Science Alumni Jinny Wong, Interaction Designer, talk about design and research at Active Network.

UCSD Scholarships

One to two-year scholarships will be awarded. 

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3, 11:30 pm

The online UCSD Scholarship Application is now available via TritonLink.

Yale Predoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The Yale Fellowship in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge clinical, developmental, and computational research on social cognition in infants at risk for autism as well as toddlers affected by developmental disabilities at the Yale Child Study Center. The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution for research on autism and related social disabilities, with a multidisciplinary approach to autism research spanning projects in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, molecular and population genetics, and treatment. Successful applicants will be involved in a two-year program of training involving clinical and research experiences, commencing on or before July 1, 2014.

Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering three fellowships: the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering, and the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience.

Summer Undergraduate Program in Computational Neuroscience

Carnegie Mellon - University of Pittsburgh Joint Summer Undergraduate Program in Computational Neuroscience


Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh. The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition is a joint interdisciplinary program of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The 2014 program will *tentatively* run from May 27 through August 1, 2014. The final deadline for application is Feb 11. All participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents, must be enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution, and must be in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application. Any undergraduate may apply, but we are especially interested in attracting students with strong quantitative backgrounds with some experience in calculus, statistics and/or computer programming. Experience in neuroscience is not required. Students from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.

Bradley Voytek in BBC Focus

Read about Bradley Voytek, featured in BBC Focus

Bradley Voytek in Science News

Giant brain-training dataset attracts scientists

Expanding Your Horizons Mentoring Opportunity

Call for Female Mentors!!
(Undergraduate & Graduate Students)

About the EYH Conference
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) provides hands-on/minds-on exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for 6th – 10th grade girls. Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue careers in these fields by offering interactive workshops from Architecture to Zoology. Girls from all over San Diego County will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in various areas, talk with others who share similar interests, and have women college students (you!) studying science and technology as mentors for an entire day.

Peer Assessment in Online Education: Training Students to Know What's 'Good'

Is it possible to teach classes with creative, open-ended projects on a massive scale?

The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, PhD Scholarship

MARCS invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD as part of an ARC Linkage Project on Distributed Cognition and Dynamic Memory in Australian Dance Theatre. This interdisciplinary PhD project, under the supervision of Prof Kate Stevens, will use theory and experimental methods from cognitive science to investigate long-term memory for contemporary dance. The larger ARC project involves collaboration with researchers at UWS, Deakin University, and the Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide).

Breaking Down Barriers to Online Education

A UC San Diego team wants to bring higher learning to billions who have no access

Design Matters: Hiring Panel

If you’re interested in getting a job in a design-related field (i.e. Cog Sci, HCI, UbiComp, User Experience, Interaction Design, UX Research), definitely come out to UXSD's (User Experience San Diego) Hiring Panel event on Tuesday, November 12th. We're going to have designers, recruiters, and freelancers from a variety of companies and backgrounds talk on a panel about how to get hired, how to stand out in a pool of applicants, workplace diversity, and how to excel once you've gotten the job. Free t-shirts if you ask questions, pizza so you don't go hungry, and lots of swag/hiring information.

Networking Event for Society for Neuroscience Conference

Society for Neuroscience is in San Diego this year, and it’s time to celebrate that wonderful fact with free Mexican food. Come meet the peer-review team for the Impulse Neuroscience Journal from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday, November 7 and network with other students and faculty who will be attending the conference.

Cog sci student champions the approach of Scholarpedia

Scholarpedia provides a way for scientists to communicate broad ideas and concepts, a "Wikipedia for scientific peers."

Undergraduate Conference for Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Are you an undergraduate working on a research project in the Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities?  Then consider presenting your project at the Undergraduate Conference for Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CRASSH) to be held on November 20 from 10am to 2pm at the UCSD Price Center.

Open Assistant Professor Position in Design

WEBROOT Internet Security Job Opportunity!

Come meet Webroot's San Diego team October 21st 2013! Learn more about what we do and how we're revolutionizing internet security. Speak with our senior engineers, get your resumes reviewed, and even have immediate on-site interviews!

Nature interviews David Kirsh

Ewen Callaway meets cognitive scientist David Kirsh, who works with choreographer Wayne McGregor.

TMC/CREATE Volunteer Opportunity

The TMC/CREATE School Partnership Program is seeking volunteers to serve in classroom and non-classroom positions at two partner school sites: The Preuss School UCSD ( and Gompers Preparatory Academy ( Applications are due this Friday, October 4th!

CSSA's Opportunity-Focused Events

Get ahead this academic year by attending the Cognitive Science Student Association's opportunity-focused events!

Interaxon: Neuroscience Education Outreach

Interested in SCIENCE EDUCATION? Looking for some great VOLUNTEERING opportunities? Want to build valuable TEAMWORK and PUBLIC SPEAKING skills? Check out Interaxon, UCSD's own neuroscience education outreach org!

A Mindful Approach to the BRAIN Initiative

Come to "A Mindful Approach to the BRAIN Initiative" hearing.  The hearing will focus on how the State of California can step up to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (“BRAIN”) Initiative.

Compassion & Technology Conference & Contest 2013 at Stanford University

 On behalf of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), we write to invite the students of your organization to participate in and attend our upcoming Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University on December 6, 2013.

The Compassion and Technology Conference is presented in collaboration with Facebook1440 FoundationHopeLab, and The Dalai Lama Foundation. The conference will feature talks by distinguished academic experts, tech industry leaders, innovators, designers, and engineers. Such speakers include: Scott Kriens, Co-Director of the 1440 FoundationArturo Bejar, Director of Engineering at FacebookSoren Gordhamer, Founder and Host of the Wisdom 2.0 ConferencePremal Shah, President of Kiva, and Chade-Meng TanGoogle's 'Jolly Good Fellow'. The talks will be followed by presentations of finalists in the Compassion and Technology Contest.


Education Abroad Program (EAP) Spring 2014 Application Deadlines Extended!

Want to study abroad with EAP during the spring of 2014?!  It’s not too late to apply! 

Congratulations to our new Associate Professor Yu

UCSD has awarded tenure to Angela Yu.  We congratulate her for this great achievement and look forward to her continued success.

Summer Internships working on KA Lite at UCSD

Join us in the offline learning revolution, and help to bridge the digital divide!

The Foundation for Learning Equality (FLE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating tools for sharing and authoring open-licensed educational content for use by anyone around the world, with a focus on reaching those with limited or no internet access. We're looking for software development  interns to volunteer with us this summer to help expand the KA Lite project, a lightweight web app for serving core Khan Academy content (videos and exercises) without needing internet connectivity, from a local server (even a Raspberry Pi!). The internship will take place around the UCSD campus, but can also be done remotely (we have developers around the world). Please read the application overview for more information, and feel free to email us at if you have any questions.

Looking for students for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize

Are you looking for project experience? Are you interested in revolutionizing medical technology?

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations



You are cordially invited to the


Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations


Friday, June 14, 2013

at 9:00am - 11:10am in Cognitive Science Building, room 003 


Art of Science Learning Incubator for Innovation

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership invites you to participate in the NSF-funded Art of Science Learning Incubator for Innovation. The Art of Science Learning project uses the arts to spark creativity in science learning and to develop a skilled workforce in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

New article by Prof. Rafael Nunez and Dr. K Cooperider

Prof. R. 

Núñez's & Dr. K. Cooperrider's article 'The tangle of space and time in human cognition' is on the cover of the current (May) issue of /Trends in Cognitive Science/.

Undergraduate Library Research Prize 2013

The annual Undergraduate Library Research Prize is co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Libraries, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and UC San Diego Alumni Association. The prize is offered to undergraduate students who have strategically and effectively used UCSD library resources in direct support of research undertaken on campus.

Teaching Position at Indiana University

Want to Learn “R” for Free?

Feel like ripping your hair out while dealing with data in Ecel or SPSS?  Want to avoid paying for MatLab and still be able to process vast amounts of data?  R is one of the most powerful programming languages available for scientists!

UC Berkeley Cognitive Science Conference

The Cognitive Science Student Association cordially invites you and your colleagues to the fifth annual California Cognitive Science Conference on May 4th 2013, at the beautiful UC Berkeley campus. This year, we are excited to explore “Learning and Memory: The Enlightened Mind,” through the lens of Artificial Intelligence, Developmental Psychology, Neurobiology, Cognitive Linguistics, Education, and Philosophy of Mind.

8th Annual UCSD Cognitive Science Conference

UCSD Cognitive Science Student Association Presents
8th Annual Cognitive Science Conference
Movement and Memory: Mapping Through Consciousness
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Price Center West Ballroom

Breaking Down Barriers to Online Education

Cognitive Science students help develop app to bring online content to those without Internet access. The self-described “tinkerers” and “hacker-ninjas” behind a free web app they call “KA Lite” have an immodest goal: They aim to bring the revolution in online education to the 65 percent of the world that isn’t online.


ASSC17 – The 17th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – will take place in San Diego, USA, from July 12-15, 2013. ASSC 17 is intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. ASSC members as well as non-members are encouraged to submit contributions that address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, philosophy, computer science, and cognitive ethology.




March 1, 2013


Join us for the evening

Mitchell has Internship opportunities for students working towards undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as recent technical and business graduates.

Yale Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine is interested in recruiting highly qualified students from UCSD for an exciting new pre-doctoral fellowship for current graduates or graduating seniors. The position will commence June 2013 and will be 2 years in duration.

The 8th Annual Cognitive Science Conference

Save the date: The 8th Annual Cognitive Science Conference will be held in the spring quarter, on April 7th in the West Ballroom of Price Center. More information about this awesome event will be announced soon!

UCSD Cog Sci team launches offline version of Khan Academy, "KA Lite"

We're currently experiencing what we're calling an "online learning revolution" — but what about the 65% of the world that can't take advantage of it? KA Lite is a lightweight web app for serving core Khan Academy content (videos and exercises) without needing internet connectivity, from a local server.

Announcing Test Prep Courses for Undergraduate and High School Students

Our experienced instructors provide in-class instruction, successful test-taking strategies, computer adaptive test information, practice exams, and a comprehensive textbook. All of these features create a winning combination. Small classes and additional tutoring, as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities at UCSD Partnership Schools!

The TMC/CREATE School Partnership Program is seeking volunteers to serve in classroom and non-classroom positions at two partner school sites: The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy. Volunteers support students in grades 6-12 at high-needs charter schools, where educators are utilizing innovative and effective methods of shaping positive outcomes for low-income, first-generation college-bound youth.

Research on the embodiment of number and mathematics

How do we think about entities that are so abstract that they can't be seen, touched, or heard? In the Embodied Cognition Lab, we investigate cognition from the perspective of the embodied mind, studying the ways in which our understanding of the most abstract concepts (e.g. negative numbers) are grounded in our embodied experience.

Union Tribune Interview with Prof. Ben Bergen

Professor Ben Bergen discusses his research on how language works in the brain.

Google Info Table

Google Info Table

Want to chat with a Google engineer? Have questions about Google opportunities that you'd like to ask a Google recruiter about? Just want to say hi? Swing by the Google info table at lunch time on Wednesday! There might even be some pizza and Google swag ;-)

UNCF/Merck offers scholarships and fellowships

UNCF/Merck offers scholarships and fellowships for African Americans in the biological, chemical, and engineering sciences.

Undergraduate scholarships offer up to $25,000.

Graduate Dissertation Fellowships offer up to $53,500.

Postdoctoral fellowships offer up to $92,000.

Application deadline: December 3, 2012

Click here for more info:


Assistant Professor in Computational Cognitive Science

New book by Prof Ben Bergen

Louder than words: The new science of how the mind makes meaning  by Professor Ben Bergen.

What I've Learned... From life, work and UCSD

A series presented by UCSD Alumni and the Division of Social Sciences, What I’ve Learned from Life, Work and UCSD will spotlight two social sciences alumni, Marty Adelstein ’82 and Chris Ottinger ’90. From students who majored in political science to executives in the entertainment industry producing Teen Wolf on MTV, Adelstein and Ottinger both have interesting stories to tell about their experiences at UC San Diego and trajectories to success in business and life.

Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience

Previously sponsored by the Yale University School of Medicine, the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge clinical research on social cognition in infants at risk for autism at the Marcus Autism Center.

Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience

Previously sponsored by the Yale University School of Medicine, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge autism research at the Marcus Autism Center.

Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering

Previously sponsored by the Yale University School of Medicine, the Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering will select highly qualified college graduates to participate in cutting-edge autism research at the Marcus Autism Center.

Rosemary Cowell, Ph.D., Wed Oct 24 @ noon, CSB 003

Rosie Cowell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Department of Psychology

Rethinking Modularity: A neurocomputational account of visual cognition

CSB 003

Wednesday, Oct 24 at noon

Professor Ben Bergen's new book

Professor Ben Bergen's Louder than words: The new science of how the mind makes meaning.

It's out!

Samsung Information Session

Come and find out about career with Samsung!!!

Cognitive Science Student Association

The first event coming up is a Cogsci Class Q&A and Textbook Exchange on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5-7pm in CSB 114. This meetup is for anyone who wants to find out if they’re taking the right cogsci classes and for those who want to buy/sell textbooks for those classes.

The first event coming up is a Cogsci Class Q&A and Textbook Exchange on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5-7pm in CSB 114. This meetup is for anyone who wants to find out if they’re taking the right cogsci classes and for those who want to buy/sell textbooks for those classes.

Biological clock discovery

"Group led by two Cognitive Science faculty members discovers 'biological clock' in brain imaging study of developing children"

UIST 2012 Student Innovation Competition

Get your thinking caps on and ideas flowing for the fourth annual UIST Student Innovation Contest (SIC). The goal of the contest is to innovate new interactions on state-of-the-art hardware. We give you the hardware, and you show us what you can do. Contestants will demo their creations at the October 8th demo reception. The winners will be announced the following day. Continue reading below to learn more about the contest rules and awards.
This year, our hardware partner is Synaptics - an industry leader in human interface design. Synaptics has provided us with a revolutionary input device, code named "Jedeye". The pre-production prototype features high resolution, independent tracking for up to 5 fingers. Check out the demos in the announcement video to see what's possible with Jedeye. In addition to supplying you the hardware gratis, Synaptics is providing exclusive access to a pre-release of the Jedeye API and code samples. You'll have a chance to hack together some cool demos before everyone else gets their hands on the device. You even get to keep Jedeye after you're done!
Synaptics will be revealing more about this secret product in early August, so stay tuned for more technical details. Thanks for your interest!

Gift Donation from Nate Bolt '99 and Ryan Freitas '97 to DCOG-HCI Lab

Drs. Hollan and Hutchins,

It is our dear hope that you are both aware your research, teaching, and mentorship at the Distributed Cognition and HCI Laboratory has had an enormouse impact. As former students, we take great pride in being counted amoung those who benefited from your tutelage. With our most sincere gratittude, it is our pleasure to make this joint gift to your lab. These funds are unrestricted and are to be used at your discretion to support your work.

As Cognitive Science alumni (in Ryan's case) and recipients of your guidance and advisement (in Nate's case), it's important to us to give back to the institution and instructors who gave us our joy for understanding minds in the wild. We look forward to watching you inspire another generation of young practitioners, and to your continued advancement of the field. 

With warmest regards,
Nate Bolt '99 and Ryan Freitas, '97

Congratulations to our new full profs!!!

Prof. Seana Coulson

Prof. Gedeon Deak

Prof. Rafael Nunez

Prof. Jaime Pineda

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

You're invited to The Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Ingrid Olson - Social Memory

Job talk in CSB 003. Wed. May 9th @ noon

Cognitive Science Distinguished Speaker Series -- May, 2012

Teradata Tech Talk

You're invited to Teradata Tech Talk on 4/24/12 at 11:00am - 1:00pm in CSE 1202

Making Sense of Space: Sculpture, Mind and Human Imagination

"Making Sense of Space: Sculpture, Mind and Human Imagination" 

Rafael Nunez, Professor, Dept. of Cognitive Science, UCSD. and

Jennifer Pastor, Professor, Visual Arts Department, UCSD

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:00PM, The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium

Tickets required and are available Free at:

CVNet - Center for Visual Science Symposium - Travel Fellowships available

For the Center for Visual Science's 28th Symposium

Computational Foundations of Perception and Action

June 1-3, 2012
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York

ECE Design Competition

The ECE Department and Rady School of Management invite you to participate in the ECE Design Competition.

7th Annual Cognitive Science Conference

Come to the 7th Annual Cognitive Science Conference: Journey Into Cognitive Science on Saturday 4/14/12 from 9:00am-4:00pm in UCSD Solis Hall.

UCSD Undergraduate Research Opportunity: TDLC REU Site Program

The Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center at UCSD has 12+ spots for next year's undergraduate research training program.

Google Android Camp 2012 Accepting Applications - Freshmen and Sophomores Apply Today!

Are you a freshman or sophomore interested in Android development?  Would you like to join us for an all-expenses-paid program of interactive and collaborative Android curriculum at our Mountain View headquarters this summer? Apply for Android Camp today!

The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Presents the Winter 2012 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Charles Gaines & Rafael Nunez

Celebrated conceptual artist and CalArts Professor Charles Gaines engages in a conversation with Dr. Rafael Nunez, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 6:30pm
Warren Lecture Hall, Room 2001

2012 Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Be a Calit2 paid student researcher this summer!

NSF funded grant opportunity for undergraduate students - cognitive neuroscience

This grant is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DUE-0942497) that provides free access to educational tools in cognitive neuroscience. The goCognitive website hosts interviews with well-known researchers in cognitive neuroscience as part of its video archive.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science

The Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science is seeking submissions for the seventh volume of its online scholarly publication.

Internship Open House with Quake Global, Inc.

Join us for an info-session, lunch, and facility tour!

good luck to Nathaniel Smith off to Scotalnd today!

2012 California Strawberry Scholarships applications available!

Scholarships available exclusively for children of strawberry farmworkers!

We are now accepting 2012-2013 California Strawberry Scholarships applications.

2012-13 IICAS Undergraduate Student Research Travel Grants

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UC San Diego is pleased to announce a competition for 2012-13 Undergraduate Student Research Travel Grants to support senior honors thesis research by undergraduates in international, comparative, and area studies.

Studying Abroad: UK/Ireland Info Session

Thinking about studying abroad to the United Kingdom or Ireland? Learn more about the UK/Ireland program opportunities at the United Kingdom/Ireland Info Session on Thursday, January 26 from 1 pm to 2pm in the International Center Lounge.

Yale pre-doctoral fellowship opportunity

The Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine is interested in recruiting highly qualified students from the University of California, San Diego for an exciting new pre-doctoral fellowship for current graduates or graduating seniors. The position will commence June 2012 and will be 2 years in duration.

AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge! $50K in prizes!

Mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego are challenging the software developer community to create new apps using city and partner data. They’re also inviting the public to share their ideas for innovative new apps.

San Diego Foundation - Scholarships for UCSD Students

Scholarship information available to UCSD students.  Sometimes these go unclaimed for lack of applications.  Take a look and see if you are eligible. 

York University-MITACS Vision Science Summer School

The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.

Who is the Alumnus of the Month?

Now accepting applications: 2012 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Google is proud to announce the 2012 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, awarding a group of female students each a $10,000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Associate or Full Professor in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)


The Department of Cognitive Science ( within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department invites applications for a new faculty position in human-computer interaction. The department has a preference for a senior researcher to be appointed at the associate or full professor level, but will also consider junior candidates. Appointment begins July 1, 2012. 

SDSU - Tenure Track Positions Available

Department of Psychology

Summer REU program in HCI at Iowa State University

The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University hosts a summer Undergraduate Research Experience, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Housing and meals are provided, as well as a $5000 stipend.

"10 Things" featuring Marta Kutas

Welcome to "10 Things," a feature in which local scientists tell us about their life experiences.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2012, subject to the availability of funds.

CVNet - york-mitacs vision science summer school

The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.  This year's program will be held June 3-8, 2012.

'Like' us on Facebook

Please visit our Facebook page and learn more about exciting research in our community.

Learning Center at UC San Diego Wins $18-Million Renewal

Tech Talk: Cypress Semiconductor

Bring your resumes and share some pizza with Cypress Semiconductor

Elite Doctoral Researcher Scholarships 2012-2013

The University Graduate School is pleased to announce that it has ten Elite Doctoral Researcher Scholarships available for the 2012-2013 academic year. Tech Talk

Tomorrow! 10/25/11 Amazon Tech Talk 6:30pm - 7:30pm in CSE 1202

Assoc/Full faculty position

Open faculty position available at UC Merced

Cisco Resume Session and Cisco Fest 2011

Sign up now to have your resume critiqued by Cisco Recruiters!  Talk to recruiters and management so bring your resume!

Samsung Global Recruitment

Samsung Info Session: 10/14/11 Jacobs Hall (EBU I) Room 2512.......Free Pizza!!!!!

Yahoo! Tech Talk

Web Performance Optimization 101

Thursday October 13, 2011
6:00-7:30 pm

CSE 1202


UC San Diego Named 33rd Best University in World

The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 33rd best university in the world, according to Times Higher Education. The London-based higher education magazine partnered with Thomson Reuters for the “World Universities Rankings 2011-2012,” which recognized UC San Diego for its learning environment, ground-breaking research and economic impact.

Who is the Alumni of the Month?

Google is hiring! Early Interviews Available!

If you are interested in full-time and intern Software Engineering positions @ Google, we encourage you to apply today to be considered for on-campus interviews at UCSD this Fall on October 21 or November 17.

Women in HCI at UCSD

"Women in HCI at UCSD" is a group that brings together women interested in Human-Computer Interaction at UCSD.

Postdoc Position - UCSF


Qualcomm Recruiting Kickoff for 2011 - 2012!

This is the info session you don't want to miss!

Come learn how to quickly get considered for our 700+ internships and 300+ new grad positions.

Postdoctoral Scientist

Freie Universitaet Berlin - Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities

Back to School

The University of California, San Diego will welcome an estimated 3,400 incoming freshmen and record 2,750 transfer students for the first day of classes, Thursday, Sept. 22. UC San Diego’s 29,000 students, which includes this year’s new class, can look forward to several new and dynamic campus facilities, academic programs and events.

Tenure-track position avalable

Psychology, University of Arkansas

Cognitive Science New Student Info Session

Tuesday 9/20/11

Cognitive Science Building - room 001
10:30am to 11:30am

U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks UC San Diego One of the Nation's Top 10 Public Universities

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked one of the top 10 public universities in the nation today by U.S. News & World Report.  UC San Diego, the San Diego region’s only university listed in the top 10, is ranked 8th best public university and 37th best university in the nation in the publication’s 2012 Best Colleges guidebook that includes public as well as private and for-profit institutions.

UC income from tuition will surpass state funding for the first time

Propelled by budget crises, California is becoming more like other states in passing more of the burden of a college education on to students.

Dr. Creel wins prestigious National Science Foundation award

Dr. Sarah Creel has received an NSF CAREER Award for her project "Speaker variability and spoken language comprehension."  The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the National Science Foundation's "most prestigious award" in support of tenure-track faculty. Her distinction is accompanied by a grant for $410,000, awarded through the NSF's Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Division. Dr. Creel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science where she is director of the Language Acquisition and Sound Recognition Lab.

UIST Student Innovation Contest

Get your thinking caps on and ideas flowing for the third annual UIST Student Innovation Contest (SIC).

Dr. Saygin featured in "Your Brain on Androids"

Posted to UCSDNews and written by Inga Kiderra, the article discusses research, led by our own Dr. Ayse P. Saygin, in understanding why anthropomorphic robots often make us feel more uneasy than less human-like robots.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science

The Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science is seeking submissions for its Fall 2011 online publication.  Part of the iCogSci project at indiana University, the Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science invites submissions of original work by undergraduate students in cognitive science or related disciplines.

APE: the Awesome Python Experience (Summer 2011)

A group of graduate students has organized a Python programming language training/mentoring group that will meet weekly throughout the summer, bringing together people with widely varying levels of experience, towards the goal of boosting our collective ability to leverage this powerful, flexible language to improve our work and make our lives easier.  Contact Jamie if interested.

Four Cognitive Science faculty receive Hellman Fellowship

The Hellman Fellows Fund has made a grant of $2.4 million to the University of California, San Diego to support junior faculty members in their scholarly work as they strive for tenure with the university.

2010-2011 Cognitive Science Department TA/IA awards

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the departmental TA/IA teaching awards (click for details)!

U.S. intelligence agency building a “Metaphor Program”

The Atlantic ran a feature on U.S. intelligence agency building a “Metaphor Program” in an attempt to understand how people’s language reveals their mindset, quoting Benjamin Bergen of Cognitive Science, who is one of a dozen lead researchers expected to apply for a grant potentially worth tens of millions

Postdoc Position - McGill University

Postdoctoral Position in Modeling of Music and Speech Production

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

You are cordially invited to the

 Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

  Thursday, June 9, 2011

9:00am - 12:00pm

Cognitive Science Building, room 003

Dr. Nick Butko is awarded the Jean Fort Dissertation Prize

PhD Defense: Kensy Cooperrider

June 9th @ 2pm

CSB 180

Postdoc Position

UC Irvine

UC San Diego Named a 'Holy Grail' College for Low Cost and High Return

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek as a top college for its exceptional 30-year return on investment (ROI) based on what students spend on their undergraduate education. The ranking factors in the median salary of UC San Diego graduates and the university’s robust financial aid programs.

PhD Defense - Matthew Leonard

May 16th @ 1pm in CSB 180

Neural Stages of Word Encoding Across Languages, Proficiency Levels, and Modalities

PhD Defense - Anne Marie Piper

May 31st @ 2pm in SSRB, Suite 100

Augmenting Collocated Interaction:  The design of assistive technology to support face-to-face communication

A (functional) hand transplant!

6th Annual Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference

If you don't already know, the 6th Annual Cognitive Science Conference is coming up! It's our biggest event every year, and it's a great opportunity to experience what the multiple fields of cognitive science have to offer. There will be keynote speakers, a research poster session, lab tours, a professional panel, and of course, free food. Make sure to save the date: Saturday, April 16, 9am, Solis Hall.

Wendy Kellogg, Social Intelligence for a Smarter Planet, Monday 4/4 11AM, CSE 1202

Abstract:  Social computing is now over a decade old and has established itself as a broad area of research in HCI and CSCW. In the first decade, we’ve seen the emergence of systems that mediate social information and activities by supporting and making visible social attributes such as identity, relationships, presence, roles, and more. In the next decade, social computing techniques will be applied in new domains, including mobile computing for the “next billion” users and “smarter planet” solutions. Many of these new applications will leverage social intelligence, ranging from the now-familiar technique of crowdsourcing to behavioral analytics based on traces of technology use. In this talk, I argue for a broad definition of social computing and discuss current research in these emerging areas within and beyond IBM.

Bio:  Wendy A. Kellogg is one of the founders of the field of social computing, forming the Social Computing Group at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in 1998. The research group has worked on topics including social translucence (a conceptual framework pioneered by Erickson and Kellogg), computer-mediated communication, social proxies, enhanced audio conferencing, social and task visualizations, and most recently, virtual worlds for business use, social computing for the underserved users and “green IT.” Kellogg holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and publishes in the fields of HCI and CSCW. She is Associate Editor of ACM's Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI). Kellogg is currently serving as Technical Program co-chair for CHI 2011. She served as Doctoral Consortium co-chair for CHI 2010, chaired the “Interaction Beyond the Individual” Subcommittee for CHI 2009, CHI 2005 Technical Papers, DIS 2000's Technical Program, and was General Co-Chair of CSCW 2000, and CHI'94. She has served on a variety of advisory boards, including the National Academy of Sciences Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Digital Media and Learning Hub sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Kellogg was named ACM Fellow in 2002 for contributions to social computing and human-computer interaction, and elected to the ACM SIGCHI Academy and the IBM Academy in 2008.

UC San Diego Ranked 11th in the World by Nature for Number of Research Papers Published

The University of California, San Diego is ranked 11th in the world for the number of research papers published in Nature and its 16 other preeminent research journals, according to the Nature Publishing Group.  

Alumni Reunion April 16 - REGISTER now!

As part of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration, join faculty, alumni and students as we celebrate over two decades of outstanding teaching and research in Cognitive Science. In the afternoon, enjoy cutting-edge presentations from professors, followed by an evening reception.

All day time events will take place in Solis Hall


CSSA is hosting CogSci Wi11 Study Session

CSSA is hosting special study sessions just 
for people in COGS classes! All CogSci 
students are welcome!!!

Brain Awareness Video Contest

PhD Defense: Jenny Collins

April 20 @ 10:00am

DSS, Room 107

The Integration of Language with Perceptual Systems

Last Call for Google I/O!

Last Call for Google I/O: A contest that spans 10 days, 10 developer challenges and 100 chances to win tickets to attend the now-sold-out Google I/O 2011.

RA Position Brain and Langage Lab, Georgetown

Opening for graduating Bachelors or Masters students as Research Assistant/Lab Manager in the Brain and Language Lab in Georgetown.

Internship Opportunity for Students

UCSD’s Preuss School, Gompers Preparatory Academy, and Lincoln High School are looking for UCSD students to volunteer as tutors or interns during class time, after-school, and on Saturdays.

Robot teaching children English

2011-2012 Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, Bloomington, invites upper-level undergraduate students and students who are graduating from college to apply for the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program

Harvard University seeks to attract candidates, especially those from underrepresented ethnic minority groups, and those committed to addressing the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in university administration, to administrative careers in higher education.

2011-12 IICAS Undergraduate Student Travel Grants

Annually, the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UC San Diego awards grants to undergraduate students for thesis research travel.

CSSA General Body Meeting

CSSA’s 2nd GBM of Winter Quarter, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 6:00-7:50pm in PCYNH 121. Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

Walt Disney Imagineering Information Session

· All Engineering, Visual Arts, CogSci majors!

· Learn about the ImagiNations Design Competition!

· Opportunities for paid internships!

PhD Defense: Joshua Lewis

March 14th @ 1pm in room CSB 180

Anthropocentric Data Analysis

L-3 Tech FEST

L-3 is a $153B+ aerospace and defense company with over 62,000 employees worldwide.  We’re looking to top talent for assignments at locations in the U.S. and around the world.  Come join a company with a diverse, entrepreneurial culture that fosters innovation and collaboration.

Kutas and Federmeier's Thirty years and counting under blog

CSSA Annual Bonfire

Do you know what’s happening this Saturday at 4?  Yes, it’s a bonfire, down at the La Jolla Shores!  Come one, come all, there will be free hot dogs and s’mores.

My Daily Read featuring Don Norman

Donald A. Norman is an emeritus professor of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California at San Diego. He is the author, most recently, of Living With Complexity, published in October by MIT Press.

2011 Triton Spirit Week Decoration

CogSci Dept is participating in 2011 Triton Spirit Week Decoration.  Show your support CogSciners, come to CogSci Bldg front entrance and check out display by undergraduate students.

Summer Research at Cal Tech for UGRADs

CogsNews is up and humming!

Congratulations to Cogsci's newest PHD -- Nick Butko

Professor Joan Stiles Retires

Professor Joan Stiles, UCSD Faculty since 1983 and Cognitive Science Faculty since 1995, was honored during a retirement reception on November 19th.

Brain Waves Move Paralyzed People

KPBS, Nov. 16 — People who are paralyzed may soon be able to move a computer cursor, operate robotic arms or walk again, just by thinking about it. New technology called Brain Machine Interface is making it possible. (Quotes Virginia De Sa, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego)

PhD Defense: Nick Butko - Active Perception

11/29/10 @ 3:30pm. in room CSB, 003

Title: Active Perception

UCSD CogSci at SfN!

See our list of posters & presentations at SfN, this year in San Diego!


Whether it's news depends on what you know. But, newsworthy, without a doubt!

Best Paper Award for Anne Marie Piper

Anne Marie Piper presented a paper, "Introducing Multimodal Paper-Digital Interfaces for Speech-Language Therapy", at the 12th International Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ACM ASSETS 2010). She received a Best Paper award.

C-hear Professor #1: Video interview with Professor Seana Coulson

Cognitive Science is in part the people who do it. Get to know one such UCSD Cognitive Scientist -- Seana Coulson -- as she talks about her laboratory's research into how brains construct meaning. From her mind to yours, thoughts on cognitive semantics, humor, gesture, and her book in progress.

Why Innocent People Confess

On Nov. 9, PBS’ Frontline premiered a highly anticipated new episode on false confessions and the case of the Norfolk Four, who were wrongfully convicted of a 1997 murder in Virginia based on false confessions given after hours of police interrogation. Go to website if you missed it.

Alumna of the Month (November)- Sian Beilock

NEW BOOK by cogsci alum - Sian Beilock, Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To

CHECK IT OUT @ or Amazon! The book is aimed at a broad audience and uses science (her research and many other people's work), stories, and interesting facts to shed light on why people often fail to perform their best when the stakes are high - in academics, athletics, and the business world - and what can be done to ensure success when the pressure is on.

Cellphone talk distracts bystanders

UPI, Sept. 17 -- Cellphone conversations are irritating to people close enough to hear only half of the conversation, U.S. researchers say. (Quotes psycholinguist and Cognitive Science Professor Benjamin Bergen of UC San Diego)

Alumnus of the Month: Douglas Sperber, 1991

Douglas Sperber has over 16 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry and has provided senior IT consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He started InSynergy, LLC. and has grown the firm to include over 50 consultants. Through his vision and management, InSynergy, LLC. continues to provide value, integrity, and professionalism in delivering the finest technical services.

Welcome Back CogSci Majors!!!

Tuesday, Sep 21st at Cognitive Science Building, in the Courtyard (near CSB 180)
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

We are pleased to announce the rebirth of the Wa, our informal departmental talk series!

Starting this Fall, the Wa will meet Mondays at 12noon for an hour of impassioned intellectual camaraderie.  Talks will range from informal brown-bag discussions to well-advertised Colloquium Talks.  Speakers may present talks they've already delivered elsewhere, practice talks for upcoming conferences, in-progress studies in need of feedback, or off-the-wall theoretical proposals.  All are encouraged to speak: faculty, visiting scholars, post-docs, and graduate students.

To get things started, we will meet biweekly in the Fall quarter. The first Wa speaker will be Prof. Ed Hutchins, on Monday, October 11, 12noon-1pm, in CSB 180.  Let's pack the room, and have a vigorous discussion!  The Wa will meet every other week after the 11th, with talks by Prof. Sarah Creel, Prof. Rafael Núñez, and Leo Trottier.

Congratulations to Ben Cipollini for receiving a CARTA graduate fellowship in Anthropogeny!

Congratulations to Ben Cipollini, our first student in the CARTA specialization, who recently received a graduate fellowship in Anthropogeny.  If you're interested to learn more about CARTA, contact Ben or attend the next symposium.

UC San Diego: There’s an App for That!

The University of California, San Diego, the first public university to create its own iPhone application, is now one of the first universities to launch a new application for alumni. In the tradition of UC San Diego innovators who have been on the cutting-edge of broadband wired and wireless Internet connectivity for years, the UCSD Alumni Association’s new application allows alumni around the world to maintain their campus connection.

Professor Seana Coulson receives stimulus funding to study gesture in communication

Seana Coulson, who studies language, received funding to study how gestures are used in communication. Coulson will measure volunteers' brain activity while they watch videos of people talking about the size and shape of objects to see whether they respond more when gestures are used.

Congratulations to Jake Feldman, Brendan Jonesrebandt and Nastasha Tan for their well deserved honors in Cognitive Science!

Good luck to the Cogsci major class of 2010!

2009-2010 Cognitive Science Department TA/IA awards

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the departmental TA/IA teaching awards (click for details)!

Distinguished Professor Marta Kutas receives honorary degree from Radboud University

Distinguished Professor Marta Kutas has received an honorary degree from Radboud University, Nijmegen (in association with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior).


CSSA is having a BONFIRE (with free food) this SATURDAY (May 22) at LA JOLLA SHORES at 6:30PM!

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Friday, June 11, 2010
at 10:00am-11:30am
in Cognitive Science Building, room 003

Dr. Saygin receives award from Calit2 to study human perception of artificial agents

Ayse P. Saygin will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to peer into the brains of subjects as they interact with on-screen avatars. She is investigating “social cognition and interactive artificial agents.” 

Cog Sci grad student Leo Trottier receives award

Congratulations to Leo Trottier, whom the UCSD Friends of the International Center have selected to receive the Friends Ruth Newmark Scholarship.

QAMA: The Calculator That Thinks Only If You Think Too!

Calit2-affiliated inventor Ilan Samson has developed a calculator that requires the user to make a reasonable estimate before getting an answer.

True diversity is legit!

UCSD Ranked 4th Place for Institutional Research Productivity in Psychological Science

Alumna Kara Federmeier has been awarded the 2010 Young Investigator Award by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Cognitive Development Society Book of the Year

Professor Joan Stiles' new book, "The Fundamentals of Brain Development" has been selected as the Cognitive Development Society Book of the Year. The award will be announced at the biennial meeting October 16-17 in San Antonio. Contgratulations Prof Stiles!

"Wayne's world: when ballet met science ... "

Britain's foremost choreographer Wayne McGregor teams up with US scientists to discover the theory of creativity.

New book: Inside of a Dog

Cognitive Science PhD alumna, Alexandra Horowitz has published a new book on dog cognition: Inside of a Dog.

Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science Submissions

CALL FOR PAPERS: Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science

Are you interested in the inner workings of the mind or intelligent systems? Do you have a paper that deals with anything related to this complex subject? If so, then consider submitting it for PUBLICATION in a peer-reviewed journal!

The IUJCS is a peer-reviewed, online journal of writing in cognitive science. The journal is currently accepting submissions of original work by undergraduate students in cognitive science and related disciplines. Submissions may originate from any field within cognitive science including, but not limited to: artificial intelligence, anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, logic, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Even if you are unsure whether your work is relevant, I encourage you to submit.

The benefits of publication include:
*Sharing your important research or ideas with a growing academic community
*Recognition for your outstanding research and writing skills
*Building your publication record for graduate school or employment, and much more.

Interested authors are asked to submit their work electronically in Microsoft Word format to the following e-mail address:

The deadline for all submissions for the Summer 2009 edition of the journal is September 30, 2009.

Outstanding Cognitive Science Graduates

2009 Outstanding Graduates Overcame Challenges, Worked with Nobel Prize Laureates

2008-9 TAs and IA Teaching Awards

The outstanding CogSci TAs and IAs for 2008-2009 have been named. Congratulations to all!

Minority Access to Research Careers Program (MARC)


Professor Christine Johnson receives Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Members

Professor Johnson honored for her outstanding contribution to teaching by the Committee on Distinguished Teaching

Professor Christine Johnson receives Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Members

The Committee on Distinguished Teaching has selected Professor Christine Johnson as a recipient of the 2009 Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Members for her "outstanding contribution to teaching". Professor Johnson will receive the award at the Awards Reception on Friday, May 29th 2009.

Mike Tomasello, Dinstinguished Speaker Series

"Collaboration and communication in children and chimpanzees".

"Cognitive scientists seek to quantify body movement"

Read the LA Times story.

Dance and the Arts Benefit from Study With Cognitive Sciences

See the full story.

"Creative Cognition in Dance"

Cognitive Science Professor David Kirsh will "observe how [Wayne McGregor / Random Dance] develop a vocabulary of movement" using video and interviews. See the whole article.

Emotional Design

What makes Apple so different? Cognitive Science Professor Don Norman says Apple products have "emotional design". See the article.

"Test Subjects Who Call the Scientist Mom or Dad"

Cognitive Science Professor Gedeon Deak and other scientists discuss the pros and cons of using your own children as research subjects in this New York Times article.

"In Search of the Just-Right Desk"

Professor David Kirsh describes some principles that make up the best desk in this New York Times article.

CogSci undergraduate senior selected for 2009 CRA Honorable Mention!

A hearty congratulations to Anna Ostberg, 2008-2009 undergraduate honors program student with Dr. Jim Hollan, who has been selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2009.

CogSci graduate wins library award for research!

Jacqueline Acuna, Cognitive Science Honors BA, 2008, is one of 4 students to be awarded the 2008 Undergraduate Library Research Prize for their outstanding research skills. Full story here.

Professor David Kirsh in CNN Fortune article.

Workers at the automaker's new U.S. headquarters need to clear their desk at the end

Cog Sci in the News!

Our own Professor David Kirsh is quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribute article "Crammed TV screens a strain on the brain?".

Congratulations to Aaron Cicourel!

Cognitive Science emeritus professor Aaron Cicourel has received an honorary doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Rafael Núñez awarded prestigious fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Rafael Núñez who has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin for 2009.

CogSci Researchers receive 1 of 26 NSF Grants!

Cognitive Science Professors Jim Hollan and Ed Hutchins, along with UCSD colleague Javier Movellan have been awarded 1 of 26 NSF grants.

UCSD in the News

UCSD researchers F. Tanaka, J. Movellan, and CogSci emeritus A. Cicourel publish article "Socialization between toddlers and robots at an early childhood education center" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Aaron Cicourel to receive award

Professor emeritus Aaron Cicourel will receive a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Fribourg of Switzerland on November 15, 2007.

CogSci Major gets "full ride" scholarship to Edinburgh

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded recent UCSD graduate, Joachim Lyon, a full scholarship for up to 6 years which could total $300,000. Click here for the full story.

Professor Jean Mandler will receive a Best Authored Book Award

Cognitive Science professor emeritus Jean Mandler has been selected to receive a Best Authored Book Award from the Cognitive Development Society. Her outstanding volume, "The foundations of mind: Origins of conceptual thought" will be recognized during the opening ceremonies of the meeting of the Society in Sante Fe, New Mexico, October 26-27 (2007).

Professor Jean Mandler to receive APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Cognitive Science professor emeritus Jean Mandler has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. As the history of this award indicates, it is an outstanding accolade for scientific achievement. An announcement of all APA award recipients will be printed in the March 2007 APA Monitor.

Andrea Chiba co-director of Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, here at UCSD

Time plays an important factor in learning. But how? At what level? These kinds of questions, and many others, will be addressed by the scientists who are part of a new "Science of Learning" center based at UC San Diego that has just been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Jeff Elman Wins $100k Rumelhart Prize

Jeff Elman, a distinguished professor in our own department of Cognitive Science here at UCSD, has been been named the 2007 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize. Elman is the seventh winner of the annual award which is given for outstanding contributions to the foundations of cognitive science. See for the full text of the story by Inga Kiderra.