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Géraldine Legendre

Professor & Chair

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Research Interests: Adult and child syntax; Optimality Theory; models of the interfaces; cross-linguistic variation

Education: PhD, University of California San Diego

Mick Bonner

Assistant Professor, Colloquium Chair

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Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, vision, neural networks, deep learning, advanced statistical methods for neuroscience

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

John T. Hale

Research Professor

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Research Interests: Computational linguistics, corpus methods, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Leyla Isik (she/her/hers)

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Computational cognitive neuroscience, vision, social perception, neural networks

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Annemarie Kocab (she/her)

Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Language emergence, language acquisition, language processing, sign languages

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Barbara Landau

Dick and Lydia Todd Professor, Interim Director of Graduate Studies

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Research Interests: Human knowledge of language and space, typical and atypical development

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Michael McCloskey

Professor, Homewood IRB Chair

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Research Interests: Reading and writing, visual perception, cognitive neuropsychology, foundations of cognitive science

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Kyle Rawlins

Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax, and the interfaces of these areas, computational semantics, philosophy of language.

Education: PhD, University of California Santa Cruz

Paul Smolensky (he/him)

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor

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Research Interests: Universal grammar in Optimality Theory, integration of connectionist ('neural') and symbolic computation: computational, linguistic, and philosophical issues

Education: PhD, Indiana University

Colin Wilson

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental phonology, phonetics, cross-language perception and production, computational modeling

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Alan Yuille

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

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Research Interests: Computational models of vision, mathematical models of cognition, and artificial intelligence and neural networks

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge

Teaching and Research Faculty

Jennifer Hu

Assistant Research Professor
Assistant Professor eff. July 2025

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Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Uyen Le (she/her/hers)

Junior Lecturer/Professional TA

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Education: MA, Johns Hopkins University

Donald Li

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Computational cognitive neuroscience, AI and neural networks, Visual perception, Reading and writing, Virtual Reality and vision

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Margaret E. L. Renwick (she/her)

Associate Research Professor

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Research Interests: Sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, phonetics, speech acoustics, linguistics

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Yuan Tao

Assistant Research Scientist, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Lab

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Research Interests: Reading and writing, aphasia recovery, statistical machine learning, neuroimaging, brain connectivity

Education: PhD, University of Trento, Italy

Julia Yarmolinskaya

Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: Perception and acquisition of second language phonology

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

administrative staff

Sarah Ciotola (she/her/hers)

Administrative Manager

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Chamera Sampson (she/her/hers)

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

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Brance Amussen

Sr. Systems Administrator, KSAS IT

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Bernard Nwankwo

Sr. Systems Administrator, KSAS IT

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lab staff

postdoctoral fellows

Colin Conwell

Postdoctoral Fellow for the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (Isik) Lab and Cognitive Neuroscience & Machine Learning (Bonner) Lab

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Research Interests: Cognitive (neuro)science & machine learning (AI), multimodal (vision-language) modeling of brains & behavior

Yuanfang Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellow for the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

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Affiliated faculty

Marina Bedny

Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

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Research Interests: Brain development and plasticity, cognitive neuroscience, concepts

Justin Bledin

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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Research Interests: Logic, philosophy of language (esp. formal semantics), epistemology

Dana Boatman

Professor, School of Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Research Interests: Speech perception, auditory processing disorders, auditory neurophysiology

Emory Davis

Visiting Scholar in the Language and Cognition Lab (Landau Lab)

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Research Interests: Role of language in cognitive development; understanding of abstract concepts; mental/ attitude verbs

John E. Desmond

Professor, School of Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Research Interests: Neuroimaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation methods to investigate neural correlates of behavior

Jason Eisner

Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Computer Science

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Research Interests: Computational linguistics, natural language processing, statistical machine learning

Chaz Firestone

Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences

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Research Interests: Perception, attention, visual cognition, foundations of cognitive science

Kristin Gagnier

Assistant Research Scientist in the Language & Cognition Lab (Landau Lab)

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Research Interests: interdisciplinary training in connecting cognitive science research to education practices

Barry Gordon

Professor, School of Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Research Interests: Cognitive neurology, cognitive neuroscience, language, aphasia, memory, amnesia, and memory disorders, autism, computational models of cognition

Argye Hillis

Professor, School of Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Research Interests: Language impairments in acute stroke, hemispatial neglect after stroke, relationship between cognitive impairments and regions of hypoperfused brain

Haemy Lee Masson

Visiting Scholar in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Isik Lab)

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Research Interests: Social cognition, Computational models of social scene perception, Social impairments in autism

Shari Liu

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

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Research Interests: Cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, infant cognition, social cognition

Alex Lu

Visiting Scholar in the Language Creation and Learning (Kocab) Lab

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Research Interests: Artificial intelligence; computer vision; medical, health and genomics

Zoe Ovans

Visiting Scholar in the Language & Cognition Lab (Landau Lab)

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Jeremy Purcell

Visiting Scientist in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences Lab (Rapp Lab)

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Research Interests: Written language representation and brain injury

Tianmin Shu

Assistant Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Computer Science

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Research Interests: Social AI, human-robot interaction, and computational social cognition

Kyrana Tsapkini

Associate Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine

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Research Interests: language--combining cognitive science, psychology, neural science approaches

Benjamin Van Durme

Associate Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Computer Science

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Research Interests: Natural language processing, specifically semantics; streaming/randomized algorithms

Robert Wiley

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences Lab (Rapp Lab)

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Research Interests: Cognitive science and education, mental representation and learning, neural plasticity, second language acquisition

Emeriti

Luigi Burzio

Professor Emeritus

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Research Interests: Theoretical phonology, morphology, and syntax; romance linguistics

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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