Affiliated Faculty from Participating Departments


Steve Gaulin - Anthropology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Evolutionary, developmental, and neurological bases of spatial cognition

Michael Gurven - Anthropology
Biodemography of human lifespan and aging; social and economic behavior

John Tooby - Anthropology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Evolutional psychology, hominid-behavioral evolution, behavioral ecology, evolutionary genetics


Robin L. Nabi - Communication
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
the interplay between emotion and cognition in understanding the effects of mediated messages

Scott Reid - Communication
Ph.D., University of Queensland, Australia
Evolution and human communication, group processes and intergroup relations

René Weber - Communication
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Technology Berlin, Germany
Media Communication, cognitive communication science, research methods & statistics

Computer Science

Kevin Almeroth - Computer Science
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Computer networks and protocols, wireless networking, multicast communication, large-scale multimedia systems, educational technology, and mobile applications

Tobias Höllerer - Computer Science
Ph.D., Columbia University
Human-computer interaction; computer graphics; virtual and augmented reality; 3D displays and interaction; visualization; and wearable and ubiquitous computing

Ambuj Singh - Computer Science
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Network machine learning; network science; biological data (incl. bioimages & brain networks)

Misha Sra - Computer Science
Ph.D., MIT Media Lab
Human-computer interaction; Wearables & Machine Learning; Perceptual Engineering

William Wang - Computer Science
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Director of UCSB Natural Language Processing Group & Center for Responsible Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence; computer vision; statistical rational learning; computational social science

Yuan-Fang Wang - Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Computer vision, computer graphics, artificial intelligence


Charles Bazerman - Education
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Cultural studies of science and technology, writing in society, rhetoric, discourse theory

Mary E. Brenner (Professor Emerita) - Education
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Cultural influences on learning, situated cognition and mathematical cognition

Richard P. Duran - Education
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Cultural psychology, literacy, assessment

Michael Gerber - Education (Professor Emeritus)
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Cognitive disabilities/interventions, intelligent instructional systems, educational effects of VR/CAVE applications

Amy Kyratzis - Education
Ph.D., City University of New York
Language and communicative development; gender differences in language;language socialization

Andrew Maul - Education
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Measurement, philosophy of science, research methodology, test validity, Rasch modeling, item response theory, positive psychology, measurement of affective attributes (e.g., perseverance, passion, self-control)

Yukari Okamoto - Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
Educational psychology

Sarah Roberts - Education
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
Mathematics Education; Teacher Education and Professional Development; Educational Equity

Laura Romo - Education
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Health education and communication, children's understanding of illness and disease transmission

English and Comparative Literature

Julie Carlson - English
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dominique Jullien - Comparative Literature
Ph.D., Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

Alan Liu - English
Ph.D., Stanford University
Digital humanities, machine-learning approaches to intellectual history, new media studies

Sowon Park - English
Ph.D., Oxford University
World literature, neurocognitive literary criticism and theory

Kay Young - English (Professor Emerita)
Ph.D., Harvard University
Cognitive approaches to literature, neuroaesthetics, narrative theory, attachment theory, affect theory, contemporary psychoanalysis, enactivism


Helen Couclelis - Geography (Professor Emerita)
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Spatial cognition and behavioral geography, urban and regional theory and modeling, planning, the philosophy of science

Krzysztof Janowicz - Geography
Ph.D., University of Münster
Knowledge representation and organization; semantic similarity, analogy, and context; and cognitive semantics

Daniel R. Montello - Geography
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Spatial perception, cognition and behavior; cognitive aspects of cartography and GIS; environmental psychology and behavioral geography


Mary Bucholtz - Linguistics
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sociocultural linguistics; language and identity; linguistic representation; language, gender, and sexuality; African American English; American Spanish; language in California

Pat Clancy - Linguistics (Associate Professor Emerita)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Language acquisition, psycholinguistics, discourse, Japanese and Korean linguistics

John W. Du Bois - Linguistics
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Discourse, sociocultural linguistics, Mayan linguistics

Stefan Th. Gries - Linguistics
Ph.D., University of Hamburg
Corpus and computational linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and construction grammar

Simon Todd - Linguistics
Ph.D., Stanford
Computational linguistics; psycholinguistics; corpus linguistics; speech perception; language variation, change, and evolution; phonology and its interactions with morphology and syntax

Sandra A. Thompson - Linguistics (Professor Emerita)
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Discourse and grammar, language universals, Chinese linguistics


Janet Bourne - Music
Ph.D., Northwestern Univeristy

John M. Hajda - Music
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Perception of musical timbre, cognition of film music and other multimedia, music and communication


Dan Korman - Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ordinary objects, perception, moral knowledge

Aaron Z. Zimmerman - Philosophy
Ph.D., Cornell University
Self-Knowledge, philosophy of mind, epistemology, psychological concepts,
moral psychology and rationality

Psychological and Brain Sciences

F. Gregory Ashby - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., Purdue University
Perceptual and cognitive processes, mathematical psychology

Daniel Conroy-Beam - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Computational models of mate choice, evolution, agent-based modeling

Leda Cosmides - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., Harvard University
Evolutionary psychology, cognition, domain-specific reasoning

Miguel P. Eckstein - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Computational models of human vision, visual search, attention, perceptual learning,
perception of medical images

Michael Gazzaniga - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Cognitive neuroscience; brain imaging and anatomy; visual psychophysics

Tamsin German - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of London
Cognitive and conceptual development: the acquisition of mental state concepts, children's understanding of tool use and artifact function, the relationship between counterfactual thinking and causal reasoning

Barry Giesbrecht - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of Alberta
Spatial and temporal dynamics of selective visual attention; attention and performance; contextual influences of attention; cognitive neuroscience

Mary Hegarty - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University
Comprehension, reasoning, spatial cognition, individual differences

Zoe Liberman - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Cognitive development, social cognition, and social learning in infancy and childhood

Jack M. Loomis - Psychological and Brain Sciences (Professor Emeritus)
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Visual space perception, auditory space perception, spatial behavior, spatial cognition

Richard E. Mayer - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Human learning, problem-solving, educational psychology, human-computer interaction, mathematical and scientific reasoning

Michael B. Miller - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Human memory and decision making; cognitive neuroscience; neuroimaging

Russell Revlin - Psychological and Brain Sciences (Associate Professor - Emeritus)
Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University
Reasoning, psycholinguistics, cognitive processes

Jonathan Schooler - Psychological and Brain Sciences
Ph.D., University of Washington
Consciousness, memory, the relationship between language and thought, problem-solving, and decision-making

Religious Studies

Ann Taves - Religious Studies (Distinguished Professor - Emerita)
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Cognition, culture, and religious experience; situated cognition and historical processes; cognitive science of religion

Affiliated Faculty from Non-participating Departments

Note: These faculty members may serve as affiliated faculty on the committees of students completing the Cognitive Science Ph.D. emphasis, but their departments have not officially joined the Cognitive Science program.

Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology

Steven Smith - Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Neuropsychological and personality assessment and the intersection of personality and cognitive processes

Electrical and Computer Engineering

B. S. Manjunath - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, neural networks,learning algorithms, content based search in multimedia databases

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Fabian Offert - Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Digital Humanities & Artificial Intelligence
Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Center for Responsible Machine Learning Affiliated Faculty
The digital/computational humanities, epistemology of artificial intelligence & their intersections with art and literature

Media Arts and Technology

Marcos Novak - Media Arts and Technology
M.S., Ohio State University
Media and virtual architecture; transvergence; transarchitecture

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Kenneth Kosik - MCDB
M.A., Case Western Reserve University; M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania
Biomedical science, developmental/stem cell biology, genetics & genomics, systems biology


Geoffrey Raymond - Sociology
Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles
The organization of talk in interaction; sociology of science and technology; sociology of mass communication