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 Cognitive Science Department 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.


The Brain and Cognition Lecture, held every two years with PBS and MBI, is confirmed for Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm in Mason Hall. Dr. Tomaso Poggio from MIT and Dr. Paul Smolensky from JHU will be the speakers. This year’s topic is “Computational Approaches to Mind and Brain.” A reception will follow.


Tenured search in Computational Cognitive Science: The Johns Hopkins University seeks an internationally recognized leader as a tenured, endowed Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the area of computational cognitive science.  Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae (ideally including links to publications) as a single PDF file to compcogsci-bdp-search@jhu.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2014 although later applications may be considered.  More information on Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships can be found here.  Please see the full job ad for details


Postdoc Position: Applications are invited for a computational postdoctoral position in the Department of Cognitive Science to start in August 2014. Application materials are due February 17, 2014. Click here for more details and application instructions.


  Congratulations to our postdoctoral fellow Shevaun Lewis for being granted a Teaching Post-Doc Award by the Office of the Dean. In Fall 2014, Shevaun will be instructing a new Freshman Seminar course for the Department of Cognitive Science entitled "Born to Talk: Language in the Human Mind" (AS.050.128).

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.

Science of Learning Symposium: JHU recently hosted a symposium on the science of learning, involving many members of the Cognitive Science department, including faculty members Barbara Landau (also director of the Science of Learning Institute), Michael McCloskey, and recent departmental visitor Sharon Goldwater.