Monica Lopez-Gonzalez

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez

Senior Lecturer

PhD, Johns Hopkins University
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For Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez, building a seamless interactive human-centric relationship with technology is critical for an ethical and sustainable future with autonomous intelligent systems.

The core of her work lies in mapping out the cognitive behavioral and neural correlates of how humans seamlessly adapt to multi-sensory, multi-agent environments. Using an interdisciplinary approach that merges questions, theory, methods, data, and experiences from both the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Arts, Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez is identifying the fundamental and nuanced roles of emotion, language, knowledge structures, and cognitive plasticity within real-time improvisatory and collaborative problem-solving, decision-making, and planning behaviors.

Her current projects focus on four applied domains: human-like automation (e.g. autonomous vehicles), human behavior modeling, representation, and prediction (e.g. cybersecurity), ethics (e.g. responsible artificial intelligence and governance), and interdisciplinary education (e.g. science-art integration).

Dr. Lopez-Gonzalez has BAs in Psychology and French, and a MA and PhD in Cognitive Science, all from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; her research focused on the cognitive neuroscience of musical creativity. She also has a Certificate of Art in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and most recently completed a Graduate Certificate in International Studies with a focus on Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

  • AS.050.352 Cognitive Neuroscience in Artificial Intelligence Part I (KSAS)
  • AS.050.353 Cognitive Neuroscience in Artificial Intelligence Part II (KSAS)
  • AS.145.105 Freshman Seminar: Minds and Machines (KSAS)
  • AS.360.100 Neuroscience Applied: Designing and Communicating Theory and Research (KSAS Summer Programs)
  • AS.360.116 Neuroscience Applied - The Brain & Creativity (KSAS Summer Programs)
  • AS.376.371 Intro to Music Cognition I & II (Peabody @ Homewood)
  • AS.376.372 Topics in Music Cognition (Peabody @ Homewood)
  • AS.470.636 Cognitive Behavioral Foundations for Artificial Intelligence (AAP)
  • EN.705.640 Cognitive and Behavioral Foundations for Artificial Intelligence (WSE)
  • PY.610.609 Music Therapy from Antiquity to Today (Peabody)
  • PY.610.620 Social Innovation through Music: Health, Education, and Policy (Peabody)
  • PY.610.637 Topics in Music Cognition I (Peabody)
  • PY.610.638 Topics in Music Cognition II (Peabody)