[Comp-neuro] PhD Training Program in Cognitive Science, UCSD

Angela J. Yu ajyu at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Thu Nov 6 06:06:21 CET 2008


                  DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2008

           PhD training program in Cognitive Science
               Department of Cognitive Science
             University of California, San Diego
http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/index.php?cat=grads&page=pros_grads-info


OVERVIEW
The Department of Cognitive Science at UC-San Diego (www.ucsd.edu)  
emphasizes three main areas of study: the brain—understanding of  
neurobiological processes and phenomena; behavior—methods and results  
concerning psychology, language, and the sociocultural environment;  
and computation—inquiry into the powers and limits of various  
representational formats, coupled with studies of computational  
mechanisms. This synthesis entails a multidisciplinary study of  
cognition with emphases on computer science, linguistics,  
neuroscience, psychology, and related aspects of anthropology,  
biology, mathematics, philosophy, and sociology.

The PhD training program encourages students to integrate knowledge  
and tools from diverse fields to understand cognitive processing.  
Graduate students work with 18 full-time faculty and 6 adjunct faculty  
in over 15 state-of-the-science labs (www.cogsci.ucsd.edu).  Students  
are required to complete core courses in brain, behavior, and  
computation.  Students rotate through 2-3 labs, carry out a  
substantial second-year research project resulting in a paper and  
presentation, and work on a thesis proposal toward advancement to  
candidacy in the third year.

Students may receive additional training and support through the  
resources offered by the Center for Human Development  
(www.chd.ucsd.edu), Center for Research in Language (crl.ucsd.edu),  
Institute for Neural Computation (inc2.ucsd.edu), IGERT for Vision and  
Learning (www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/igert), and other units and departments  
on campus.

On-line applications: graduateapp.ucsd.edu
UC-San Diego has a broad, up-to-date nondiscrimination policy on  
admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

The deadline for completed application materials, including letters of  
recommendation, is December 1, 2008.

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PARTICIPATING FACUTY INCLUDE:

* Richard Belew: adaptive knowledge representation; co-evolution of  
HIV drug resistance

* Andrea Chiba: spatial attention, associative learning,  
acetylcholine, amygdala

* Seana Coulson: cognitive electrophysiology, cognitive semantics,  
experimental pragmatics, gesture comprehension, synesthesia

* Sarah Creel: language development, word recognition, eye tracking,  
cognitive control, music perception

* Gedeon Deak: cognitive development in children, embodied learning,  
infant-parent interaction, cognitive flexibility

* Virginia De Sa: computational basis of perception and learning,  
multi-sensory integration and contextual influences.

* Jeff Elman: language processing, psycholinguistics, event  
representation, discourse coherence

* James Hollan: cognitive ethnography, distributed and embodied  
cognition, human-computer interaction, multimodal interaction

* Edwin Hutchins: cognitive ethnography, distributed and embodied  
cognition, human-computer interaction, multimodal interaction

* Terry Jernigan: brain maturation and aging, neural effects of HIV- 
infection, substance abuse, MRI

* David Kirsh: design, cognitive ethnography, distributed and embodied  
cognition, thinking with things, E-learning

* Marta Kutas: normal and abnormal language processing, memory,   
information processing, aging

* Douglas Nitz:  neural basis of spatial cognition and episodic  
memory, hippocampus, parietal cortex, premotor cortex

* Rafael Núñez: embodied mind, abstraction, cognitive linguistics,  
gesture production, mathematical thinking

* Jaime Pineda: neurobiology of social cognition, attention, face  
perception, addiction, monoamines, brain-computer interfaces

* Ayse Saygin: perception, multisensory integration, biological  
motion, neuroimaging, neuropsychology

* Joan Stiles: spatial knowledge acquisition, spatial analytic  
processing, pre-/peri-natal stroke, fMRI

* Emmanuel Todorov: motor control, stochastic optimal control,  
sensorimotor loops

* Angela Yu: decision making, attention, active vision, learning,  
neuromodulation, Bayesian modeling, control theory

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Angela J. Yu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
UCSD, Mail Code 0515
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515

Email: ajyu at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-822-3317
Fax: 858-534-1128
Website: www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~ajyu
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