Regular Faculty

Headshot of Carmel Levitan

Carmel Levitan, Chair

Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Carmel Levitan studies multisensory interactions, researching how the different senses integrate information.

Carolyn Brighouse

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs; Professor, Cognitive Science, Philosophy
B.A., University of Liverpool; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Caro Brighouse's interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of space and time, and philosophy of physics.
Professor Justin Li

Justin Li

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science
B.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D, University of Michigan
Justin Li teaches in cognitive science and computer science, and is interested in how people and artificial agents perform knowledge search.
Stephanie Nelli

Stephanie Nelli

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., UNC Chapel Hill; Ph.D., UC San Diego
Stephanie Nelli uses neuroscience and machine learning to study the computational principles underlying rapid learning and flexible decision-making.
Professor Aleksandra Sherman

Aleksandra (Sasha) Sherman

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Research areas: psychology of art, art perception, and multisensory perception.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Professor Alan Knoerr

Alan Knoerr

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Cognitive Science, Emeritus
B.A., Oberlin College; Sc.M., Ph.D., Brown University
Alan Knoerr is an applied mathematician who teaches a broad range of courses in mathematics; he also teaches in the cognitive science and computer science programs.
Professor Dylan Sabo

Dylan Sabo

Resident Associate Professor, Philosophy, Cognitive Science
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dylan Sabo’s areas of philosophical interest include philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of language. 
Professor Kevin Urstadt

Kevin Urstadt

Resident Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Kevin Urstadt's research interests include functional neuroanatomy, neuroscience of addiction, and neurocircuitry of hunger.

Advisory Committee

Professor Mike Shelton

Michael Shelton

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Michael Shelton is a linguist, specializing in phonology and psycholinguistics.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Mariska Bolyanatz

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Gordon College, Massachusetts; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., UCLA
Mariška Bolyanatz Brown (IPA: [məˈɾiʃkə boʊliˈɑnɪts bɹɑʊn]) is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish.

Emeriti/ae Faculty

Professor, Cognitive Science, Emerita (1982-2017)
Cognitive Science

Linden is a neurobiologist and educational therapist studying cognitive abilities in individuals of all ages.

Professor, Cognitive Science, Philosophy; Emeritus (1985-2021)
Philosophy
Cognitive Science

Saul Traiger teaches courses in 17th- and 18th-century philosophy, the foundations of cognitive science, contemporary epistemology, and the philosophy of mind.

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