Cognitive Science


The Cognitive Science Department welcomes Justin Li, Oxy's first tenure-track computer scientist:

"Hi, I'm Justin. I got my BS in computer science from Northwestern University in 2009, and just graduated with my PhD from the University of Michigan. I have taught computer science to both absolute beginners and graduate students, and particularly enjoy finding computer science analogies for non-computer-science things (and vice versa). My research is in artificial intelligence, and specifically in the memory mechanisms of cognitive architectures: if we want to make a smart robot, how does it accumulate knowledge and think of the right knowledge at the right time? A lot of my work draws inspiration from cognitive science, so if you are interested in how people know things and how computers might know the same, I would love to talk with you. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time climbing rocks and even more time making up bad puns. I look forward to meeting you!"


Recent publications by Cognitive Science faculty and students:

  • Brighouse, C. (2014). Geometric possibility-an argument from dimension. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 4, 31-54.
  • Brighouse, C., Hartcher-O’Brien, J., & Levitan, C. A. (2014). Encoding of duration and rate by an integrative model of temporal processing. Timing & Time Perception Reviews, 1(3), 1-11.
  • Dilworth, J., & Sabo, D. (2014). A dual-component view of propositional grasping. Erkenntnis, 79, 511-522.
  • Levitan, C. A., Ban, Y. H., Stiles, N. R., & Shimojo, S. (2014). Rate perception adapts across the senses: evidence for a unified timing mechanism. Nature: Scientific Reports, 5, 8857-8857.
  • Sabo, D. (2014). Where concepts come from: Learning concepts by description and by demonstration. Erkenntnis, 79, 531-549.
  • Schloss, K. B., Goldberger, C. S., Palmer, S. E., & Levitan, C. A. (2015). What’s that smell? An ecological approach to understanding preferences for familiar odors. Perception, 44, 23-38.
  • Sherman, A., Grabowecky, M., & Suzuki, S. (2015). In the working memory of the beholder: Art appreciation is enhanced when visual complexity is compatible with working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 898-903.
  • Shermer, D. Z., & Levitan, C. A. (2014). Red hot: The crossmodal effect of color intensity on perceived piquancy. Multisensory Research, 27, 207-223.
  • Shtulman, A. (2015). What is more informative in the history of science, the signal or the noise?. Cognitive Science, 39, 842-845.
  • Shtulman, A., & Yoo, R. I. (2015). Children's understanding of physical possibility constrains their belief in Santa Claus. Cognitive Development, 34, 51-62.


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