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Michigan State UniversityCognitive Science Program

Welcome to the Cognitive Science Program at Michigan State.

Cognitive science is directed toward understanding the nature of mind, whether mind be embodied in the biological stuff of neurons in a brain, or in the silicon stuff of computer chips in an artificial brain-like system.

The creation of a successful scientific explanation of mind requires a concerted effort by investigators with many intellectual talents, from many different theoretical perspectives and empirical traditions, and across many different academic disciplines. The goals of the MSU Cognitive Science Program are to foster scholarship and research that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries in its pursuit of the nature of mind, and to provide a structure for graduate training that will produce new scholars and scientists who have the tools needed to take on this challenging puzzle.

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Prof. Susan Ravizza's recent work on students' technology use in the classroom was featured in an article on Healthline.

Prof. Mark Reimers is leading an NSF-funded working group on data analysis for the new BRAIN technologies.

Prof. Jeremy Gray was co-author on a recent publication in Science, “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science”.

Recent graduate Mina Hirzel was awarded the Baggett Fellowship, a one year post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mina was an undergraduate researcher in the MSU Language Acquisition Lab for two and a half years.

Prof. Mark Reimers led the inaugural course on neural data analysis at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.

An article titled "Bridging the gap: from biometrics to forensics" by Arun Ross and Anil Jain was featured on the Planet Biometrics website. The Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society article discusses opportunities for inter-disciplinary research between biometrics and forensic science researchers.

Recent work on rythm and developmental stuttering by Prof. Devin McAuley and the TAP lab was discussed on Good Morning America. The research, supported by a RAIND grant, was also featured in The Epoch Times, The Herring Review, and Web MD.

The New Scientist and The Christian Science Monitor featured articles using research from MSU's Biometrics Research Group.

A study carried out by Prof. Susan Ravizza and colleagues on the non-academic use of internet in the classroom was featured in a New York Times article.

Announcement: new CogSci affiliated faculty member. Prof. Mark Reimers has joined the Neuroscience program; he is trained in mathematics and statistics and develops network models and analyzes big neural activity data sets. He is interested in brain dynamics in relation to behavior, especially value.

Dr. Ajita Rattani and Prof. Arun Ross received a Best Poster Award at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB) in Clearwater Beach, FL for their paper titled, "Automatic Adaptation of Fingerprint Liveness Detector to New Spoof Materials.”

Dr. Unsang Park, Prof. Arun Ross and Prof. Anil Jain received the “Five Year Highest Impact Award” at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB) in Clearwater Beach, FL for their 2009 paper titled "Periocular Biometrics in the Visible Spectrum: A Preliminary Study.”

Professor Arun Ross was awarded the Aggarwal Prize from the International Association for Pattern Recognition. Read about his plenary lecture or learn more about the story.

Professor Kim Fenn and the Sleep and Learning Lab were feature on the popular science site IFLS. Their work has also been featured on Science Daily, AOL News, Mashable, Bustle, and MSU Today.

For older news, check out our news archive here.