Research on how babies learn to talk by former Johns Hopkins doctoral student Jenny Culbertson
featured on Good Morning America.

Barbara Landau's Williams Syndrome research featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine

The Cognitive Science Department collaborates with the Walters Art Museum on the exhibit,
Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey through Amnesia. Find out more>>

Paul Smolensky (JHU) presents “Human language is profoundly shaped by its neural substrate.”
Tomaso Poggio (MIT) presents “The computational magic of the ventral stream: a theory. Find out more>>

The Department of Cognitive Science provides theoretically-oriented research and training opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post doctoral fellows. As a fully autonomous academic unit, we provide a focused environment that is wholly dedicated to the multi-disciplinary intellectual challenge of integrating contemporary approaches to the study of the mind/brain. Find out how to apply to our Ph.D. program.


Cognitive Science Commencement Reception
A departmental reception will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 following the University-wide Commencement ceremony. Recent cognitive science degree recipients, their families and department affiliates are are invited. Lunch will be served at 1:00 pm in 134A Krieger Hall.

RSVP here

To find out more on the University-wide Commencement schedules, parking, maps, etc. visit the Commencement webpage.


The Excellence in Cognitive Science Award is given each year to a graduating Cognitive Science major with the strongest combination of academic excellence and outstanding accomplishment in research. Jorge Menendez has been awarded this honor for Commencement 2015. Congratualtions, Jorge!


A project of Dr. Landau's and Dr. McCloskey's on an amnesic artist was covered in The New Yorker on March 30, 2015 as a featured article entitled Life Lines by Daniel Zalewski. 


In April 2015, third-year graduate students Eleanor Chodroff and Bob Wiley were each awarded a two-year, pre-doctoral Distinguished Science of Learning Fellowship from the JHU Science of Learning Institute.
Eleanor's proposal was on Large Scale Learning of Speaker Variation and Bob's proposal was on Modality Effects in Letter Learning: Developing Foundations for Educational Interventions.

Congratulations to faculty member Barbara Landau, who has been elected chair of the psychology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science!

Postdoctoral fellows Pyeong Whan Cho and Shevaun Lewis have been awarded Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowships by the Office of the Dean. In Fall 2015, Pyeong Whan will be instructing a new advanced seminar course for the Department of Cognitive Science entitled "Neural-Networking Modeling of Learning, Language and Cognition" (AS.050.373). Shevaun will be instructing "Born to Talk: Language in the Human Mind" (AS.050.128) for the second fall term in a row. 




4 out of 5 feathers!
Green Office Certification: At the February 2015 Green Team Luncheon, the Office of Sustainability awarded the Department of Cognitive Science 4 out of 5 feathers for its continued and growing efforts to be more sustainable. Those efforts include installing motion sensor lights and water filtration systems, using "green" caterers, composting at events, and so much more. Few departments have been awarded four or more feathers. Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this!

Gradient Symbolic Computation Workshop: November 14th - 15th, the department hosted a workshop focusing on the role of gradient representations in sentence processing. More information can be found here.


Grant News: Two new grants in CogSci: Dr. Akira Omaki was awarded an NSF grant titled Development and adaptation of active dependency completion mechanisms, to run for four years starting in Fall 2014.  In addition, a collaborative team with Dr. Marina Bedny (PBS) as PI, with Dr. Akira Omaki and Dr. Pablo Celnik (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Neurology) as co-PIs, was awarded a Science of Learning grant titled Insights into Human Learning and Development from Visual Cortex Plasticity in Blindness.  Congratulations!


NEW Master of Arts Program in Cognitive Science Approved!
On June 20, 2014, our new cognitive science M.A. program was approved by MHEC for implementation. This one-year, intensive program will begin accepting its inaugural round of applications in Fall 2014 (deadline: January 1, 2015) for enrollment in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015. Admissions information has been published with program information to follow soon. Please visit our website to find out more.