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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

2.19.16
Prof. Kim Fenn did an interview with Michigan Radio about the link between sleep deprivation and false confessions. You can listen to the story here.

2.15.16
Prof. Devin McAuley and colleagues' research on stuttering has been featured in a piece by WLNS. You can watch the video and read the story here.

2.10.16
Prof. Kim Fenn and colleagues recently had their sleep deprivation and false confession study featured in Time magazine, CBS news, IFLS, and on the subreddit /r/news.

2.1.16
Prof. William Hartmann and colleagues published their study "Transaural experiments and a revised duplex theory for the localization of low-frequency tones" in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

10.1.15
Prof. Carol Myers-Scotton, adjunct professor in MSU's linguistics department, published a chapter in The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing titled "Cross-language asymmetries in code-switching patterns, implications for bilingual language profuction."

9.8.15
Prof. Susan Ravizza's recent work on students' technology use in the classroom was featured in an article on Healthline.

9.1.15
Prof. Mark Reimers is leading an NSF-funded working group on data analysis for the new BRAIN technologies.

8.28.15
Prof. Jeremy Gray was co-author on a recent publication in Science, “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science”.

8.24.15
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.

7.23.15
Prof. Mark Reimers led the inaugural course on neural data analysis at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.

6.29.15
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.

6.10.15
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.

3.11.15
The New Scientist and The Christian Science Monitor featured articles using research from MSU's Biometrics Research Group.

3.4.15
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.

For older news, check out our news archive here.