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.

Open rank, tenure-track faculty opening
Our department seeks to make an open rank, tenure-track faculty appointment in the area of psycholinguistics. The ideal candidate will have an exceptionally strong record of conducting and directing psycholinguistic research that makes substantive contact with linguistic theory, and integrates experimental and computational methods. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the processing of syntax, semantics or pragmatics. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Please welcome Dr. Alan Yuille as the newest member of our faculty. He will have a joint appointment between the Departments of Cognitive Science and Computer Science beginning in Spring 2016. Dr. Yuille has been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professors at Hopkins; as such, he belongs to a select group of professors who are each affiliated with more
than one division an at Hopkins and whose research crosses several disciplines. Dr. Yuille's research spans the fields of computer vision, vision science, and neuroscience. Read more about this announcement in a recent Hub article.

Congratulations to Dr. Soojin Park, for receiving the Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award! This award supports the promising research and creative endeavors of early career faculty. Read more about it in the Hub article.

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!