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.


Are you a Cognitive Science Major who has done independent research and would like to present a research poster? Consider participating in Undergraduate Research Day (April 16th). Speak with your research advisor about the opportunity and contact Dr. McCloskey for poster approval. 


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

Congratulations to our postdoctoral fellow Pyeong Whan Cho for being granted a Teaching Post-Doc Fellowship 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).


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 again to find out more.


Fall 2014 Incoming New Graduate Students
Announcing our newest cohort of graduate students admitted to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program. Let's welcome Nick Becker, Pang Chaisilprungraung, Karen Clothier, Emory Davis, and Mackenzie Young. A hearty congratulations goes out to these five remarkable students.


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. In AY 13-14, Malinda McPherson was the selected recipient. Congratualtions, Malinda!

Accolades go out to graduate student Katrina Ferrara for being one of two recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching assistants, sponsored by the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Office of the Dean.