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Michigan State UniversityCognitive Science Program

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Saleem Alhabash
Department of Advertising and Public Relations 
Research: processes and effects of new and social media, cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects associated with using social media and new technologies.
Ph.D., University of Missouri

Dr. Erik Altmann 
Department of Psychology 
Research: memory, attention, and executive function; computational and mathematical modeling of human performance. 
Ph.D. 1996, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Mark Becker 
Department of Psychology 
Research: visual cognition and attention, scene viewing, how emotional stimuli, working memory, and long term memory influence the allocation of attention. 
Ph.D. 2000, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Alan Beretta
Department of Linguistics and Languages 
Research: neurolinguistics.
Ph.D. 1987, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Ryan Bowles
Department of Human Development and Family Studies 
Research: working memory, vocabulary ability, cognitive aging, quantitative methodologies for measurement and change.
Ph.D. 2006, University of Virginia

Dr. Jan Brascamp
Department of Psychology 
Research: visual perception, attention, awareness, perceptual ambiguity, psychophysics, functional MRI, TMS.
Ph.D. 2008, Utrecht University

Dr. Fan Cao
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 
Research: reading disability, bilingualism, developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Ph.D. 2009, Northwestern University

Dr. Tom Carr
Department of Psychology 
Research: attention, knowledge representation, executive control, and performance under stress. 
Ph.D. 1975, George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Michael Casby
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 
Research: child language development and disorders, developmental disabilities, language-learning disabilities, emergent literacy.
Ph.D. 1980, University of Kansas

Dr. Joyce Chai
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
Research: natural Language Processing, Information extraction and retrieval, and intelligent user interfaces.
Ph.D. 1998, Duke University

Dr. Soo-Eun Chang
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 
Research: neural bases of speech perception and production, neurophysiology bases of stuttering.
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Laura Dilley
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Research: spoken language processing, word segmentation, perception and cognitive representation of intonational and lexical tone systems.
Ph.D. 2005, MIT

Dr. Laura Dillon
Department of Computer Science 
Research: formal notations and analysis techniques supporting software specification, design, modeling, and verification.
Ph.D. 1984, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Fred C. Dyer
Department of Zoology 
Research: mechanisms and evolution of visual behavior in insects; Ecology and evolution of social behavior in insects.
Ph.D. 1984, Princeton University

Dr. Allison Eden
Department of Communication 
Research: media psychology, media entertainment, and media processing.
Ph.D. 2011, Michigan State University

Dr. Heather Eisthen
Department of Zoology 
Research: neuroethology, evolutionary and developmental neurobiology 
Ph.D. 1992, Indiana University

Dr. Kimberly Fenn
Department of Psychology 
Research: acquisition and consolidation of memory and skill learning, attention in learning and auditory perception, complex syntactical rule learning.
Ph.D. 2006, University of Chicago

Dr. Jodene Fine
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education 
Research: neurobiological and neuropsychological aspects of learning in special populations including autism, nonverbal learning disability, and dyslexia.
Ph.D. 2006, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Thomas Getty
Department of Zoology and Kellogg Biological Station 
Research: the role of information in various aspects of animal behavior.
Ph.D. 1980, University of Michigan

Dr. Aline Godfroid
Second Language Studies Program
Research: attention, awareness and 'noticing'; implicit and explicit learning / memory; incidental vocabulary acquisition; eye tracking
Ph.D. 2010, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Dr. D. Zach Hambrick
Department of Psychology 
Research: effects of working memory, age, and domain-specific knowledge on cognition.
Ph.D. 2000, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Amanda Hampton Wray
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 
Research: Development of neural systems for language and executive control, neurophysiological bases of stuttering and other communication disorders.
Ph.D. 2011, Purdue University

Dr. Lauren Harris
Department of Psychology 
Research: neuropsychological analysis of human cognition, individual differences in spatial ability, lateralization (infants and children), history of psychology.
Ph.D. 1965, University of Minnesota

Dr. William M. Hartmann
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
Research: theoretical and experimental psychoacoustics.
Ph.D. 1965, Oxford University

Dr. Joshua Introne
Department of Media and Information 
Research: cognitive properties of narrative, diffusion of complex knowledge, dynamics of collective intelligence, and designing resilient sociotechnical systems.
Ph.D. 2008, Brandeis University

Dr. Florian Kagerer
Department of Kinesiology 
Research: motor development of children and youth, motor control and learning.
Ph.D. 1991, Institute of Medical Psychology in Munich

Dr. Anastasia Kononova
Department of Advertising and Public Relations 
Research: media use and multitasking; memory; attention; advertising and persuasion; behavioral outcomes; message-context congruency.
Ph.D. 2010, University of Missouri

Dr. Julie Libarkin
Department of Geological Sciences 
Research: geocognition.

Dr. Yen-Hwei Lin
Department of Linguistics and Languages 
Research: phonology, phonology-morphology interface, phonology-phonetics interface.
Ph.D. 1989, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Taosheng Liu
Department of Psychology 
Research: brain mechanisms of perception and attention, object recognition, neuroimaging.
Ph.D. 2001, Columbia University

Dr. Devin McAuley
Department of Psychology 
Research: time and rhythm, auditory perception, attention.
Ph.D. 1995, Indiana University at Bloomington

Dr. Kelly Mix
College of Education 
Research: cognitive development, early childhood number and math concepts, language and cognition.
Ph.D. 1995, University of Chicago

Dr. Marcin Morzycki
Department of Linguistics and Languages 
Research: formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, grammar of modification.
Ph.D. 2005, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Jason Moser
Department of Psychology 
Research: error processing, attentional and cognitive control, emotion, emotion regulation, anxiety, event-related brain potentials/EEG.
Ph.D. 2009, University of Delaware

Dr. Alan Munn
Department of Linguistics and Languages 
Research: syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics.
Ph.D. 1993, University of Maryland

Dr. Charles Owen
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
Research: virtual and augmented reality; realistic embodied agents; computer game design and development.  
Ph.D. 1998, Dartmouth College

Dr. Robert Pennock
Lyman Briggs College 
Research: evolution in action in both biological and digital environments
Ph.D. 1991, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Natalie Phillips
Department of English 
Research: eighteenth-century British literature, cognitive approaches to fiction, and the history of mind
Ph.D. 2010, Stanford University

Dr. Matthew Pontifex
Department of Kinesiology 
Research: ERP, behavioral, and neuropsychological investigations of the relation between physical health and cognitive control during maturation.
Ph.D. 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Brad Rakerd
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 
Research: sound localization, speech perception, and hearing impairment.
Ph.D. 1982, University of Connecticut

Dr. Susan Ravizza
Department of Psychology 
Research: fMRI, behavioral, and neuropsychological studies of cognitive control, language, and motor coordination.
Ph.D. 2000, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Mark Reimers
Department of Neuroscience 
Research: neural data analysis, computational models of brain function, and neurogenomics.

Dr. Arun Ross
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
Research: biometrics, pattern recognition, computer vision, image processing, machine learning
Ph.D. 2003, Michigan State University

Dr. Ashley Sanders-Jackson
Communication Arts and Sciences 
Research: health communication, tobacco control, social media, experimental design, systems science, information contagion and diffusion.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ralf Schmaelzle
Department of Communication;
Research: social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience; health and risk communication; neuroimaging of health prevention messages.
Ph.D. 2009, University of Konstanz, Germany

Dr. Cristina Schmitt
Department of Linguistics and Languages 
Research: syntax, syntax/semantics interface, aphasia.
Ph.D. 1996, University of Maryland

Dr. John Sherry
Department of Communication
Ph.D. 1998, Michigan State Unversity

Dr. Jon Sticklen
Department of Computer Science 
Research: knowledge-based systems, task specific architectures for expert level decision making, computation-based problem solving.
Ph.D. 1987, Ohio State University

Dr. George Stockman
Department of Computer Science< br/> Research: computer vision, knowledge representation and artificial intelligence.
Ph.D. 1977, University of Maryland

Dr. Laura Symonds
Department of Neuroscience 
Research: cognitive and emotional modification of pain, neurocognitive aging, schizophrenia.
Ph.D. 1982, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Leigh VanHandel
College of Music 
Research: music, language, music perception and cognition, computer-assisted research in music theory.
Ph.D. 2005, Stanford University

Dr. Bill VanPatten
Program in Second Language Studies
Research: second language input processing and parsing; linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches to second language acquisition; instructed second language acquisition
Ph.D. 1983, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. John J. Weng
Department of Computer Science
Research: computer vision, speech, robotics, machine learning and machine mental development.
Ph.D. 1989, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. David Zhu
Department of Psychology, Department of Radiology 
Research: MR imaging technique development and functional MRI applications.
Ph.D. 1999, University of California, Davis


MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Dr. Mark Becker has published five papers so far this year in Perception,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,Packaging Technology and Science,Visual Cognition, and Applied Ergonomics.

Sunpreet Arora and Anil Jain were part of a team that won Best Paper at BioSig 2016 for their paper titled "3D Whole Hand Targets: Evaluating Slap and Contactless Fingerprint Readers".

Dr. Anil Jain was part of a team that won Best Poster at BioSig 2016 for a poster titled "Advances in Capturing Child Fingerprints: A High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor with SLDR Method".

Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Arun Ross were awarded a three-year NSF grant under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for their proposal entitled "Imparting Privacy to Biometric Data in Cyberspace".

Dr. Arun Ross (with Dr. Nasir Memon, NYU) was awarded a three-year NSF grant for their project entitled "The Master Print: Investigating and Addressing Vulnerabilities in Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems".

Science writer Carl Sherman's story on stuttering for the Dana Foundation website, titled Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain, featured research by Prof. Devin McAuley.

Summer 2016
Dr. Mark Becker was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to present his work investigating individual differences in cognition and personality that predict rare target detection at their Workshop on Developing Personnel Selection Tools for Forensic Scientists.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers and colleague Bruce McNaughton received an NSF grant to study the dynamics of hippocampal-cortical communication during memory formation and recall.

Summer 2016
Prof. Susan Ravizza became a senior editor for the journal Brain Research.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers received a Templeton Foundation grant to study the molecular coherence of genetic variants related to behavioral traits, including IQ.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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