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How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist’s Memory

This NPR article discusses how Dr. Barbara Landau and her team are working to unravel some of the mysteries of memory with the aid of an artist who contracted viral encephalitis in 2007 which destroyed her hippocampus and parts of her left temporal lobe. This artist is still able to create art, it’s just different now. It can be seen at an exhibit in the Walters Art Museum.


Case Series in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology)

Schwartz and Dell (2010) advocated for a major role for case series investigations in cognitive neuropsychology. They defined the key features of this approach and presented a number of arguments and examples illustrating the benefits of case series studies and their contribution to computational cognitive neuropsychology. In the Special Issue on “Case Series in Cognitive […]


Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: Language, Speech and Communication

Recent work in theoretical syntax has revealed the strong explanatory power of the notions of economy, competition, and optimization. Building grammars entirely upon these elements, Optimality Theory syntax provides a theory of universal grammar with a formally precise and strongly restricted theory of universal typology: cross-linguistic variation arises exclusively from the conflict among universal principles.Beginning with a general introduction […]


Visual reflections: A perceptual deficit and its implications

McCloskey presents his work with AH, a college student who has an extraordinary deficit in visual perception. When AH looks at an object, she sees it clearly and identifies it readily; yet she is often dramatically mistaken about where the object is or how it is oriented.


Artificial Grammar Reveals Inborn Language Sense

Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. Now, in a groundbreaking study, cognitive scientists at The Johns Hopkins University have confirmed a striking prediction of the controversial hypothesis that human beings are born with knowledge of certain syntactical rules that make learning human languages easier.


The Harmonic Mind (Vol II)

Despite their apparently divergent accounts of higher cognition, cognitive theories based on neural computation and those employing symbolic computation can in fact strengthen one another. To substantiate this controversial claim, this landmark work develops in depth a cognitive architecture based in neural computation but supporting formally explicit higher-level symbolic descriptions, including new grammar formalisms.


The Harmonic Mind (Vol I)

Despite their apparently divergent accounts of higher cognition, cognitive theories based on neural computation and those employing symbolic computation can in fact strengthen one another. To substantiate this controversial claim, this landmark work develops in depth a cognitive architecture based in neural computation but supporting formally explicit higher-level symbolic descriptions, including new grammar formalisms.


Linguistics Program Ranked as #1 by NRC

In it’s 2010 report “A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States”, the National Research Council ranked the Johns Hopkins Department of Cognitive Science as one of the top departments in the country in which to study linguistics.