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Apply Now for Graduate School

Applications are open now for our 2019 MA and PhD programs in cognitive science. Also, two new faculty are recruiting grads for their labs.

Our New MA and PhD Cohorts Starting Fall 2018

Join us in welcoming six new graduate students joining our department this fall. They come from a variety of backgrounds and from all corners of the globe. We can’t wait to start working with them! Click the above link for their profiles.

Undergraduate Rebecca Lin Co-Authored an Article

Lin, Rebbecca

Rebecca Lin is the lead author on an article entitled “Visualized Emotion Ontology: a model for representing visual cues of emotions,” which was recently published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making! Rebecca is a cognitive science major entering her junior year.

New Faculty Recruiting Grad Students for Fall 2019

Drs. Michael Bonner and Leyla Isik will join our department on January 1 and July 1, 2019, respectively. They are recruiting PhD students to begin working in their labs in Fall 2019. Applications will be accepted Sept. 2018 through Dec 15, 2018. Click on the link above for details.

Congratulations and Farewell

Assistant research scientist Dr. Jeremy Purcell accepted a position as a Faculty Specialist at the UMd Neuroimaging Center, starting in August. Congrats, Jeremy!

New Department Chair

Geraldine Legendre

Join us in welcoming Prof. Géraldine Legendre in her new role as Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science!

Arunima Vijay Receives Excellence in Cognitive Science Award

Photo of Arunima Vijay

Each spring, our faculty members choose a graduating cognitive science major with the strongest combination of academic excellence and outstanding accomplishments in research. This year, Arunima Vijay receives the honor.

‘G’ whiz: Student’s lab work with the lowercase letter ‘g’ goes global


Since publishing a research study she led about the peculiarities of the letter “g,” Kimberly Wong, a junior studying cognitive science, has been congratulated by people she barely knows, watched as friends and family shared links to news articles about the study, and fielded countless interview requests from reporters.

In Olympic Fashion, A Passing of the Torch

At a departmental reception, Brenda Rapp “passed the torch” to Geraldine Legendre, who will take over as chair of the Department of Cognitive Science on July 1, 2018. See the moment captured in this fun candid shot!