Focus Area

Semantics & Syntax

Formal semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, lexical semantics, the interaction of information structure, discourse, and pragmatics with semantics and syntax, categorial grammar and related theories of syntax.

Faculty:AnderBois, Feiman, Jacobson

Perception & Action

Computational, psychophysical and ecological approaches to the study of perceiving shape and motion, recognizing objects and scenes, processing auditory events, attention, perceptual learning, and controlling action.

Faculty: Domini, Festa, Serre, Song, Simmons, Warren, Watanabe, Welch


In human and animal models, visual attention, learning and memory, causal reasoning, pretend play, language, perception.

Faculty: Buchsbaum, Feiman, Morgan, Sobel, Simmons

Higher-Level Cognition

Human memory, learning, and cognitive control; inductive inference, causal reasoning, and decision-making; moral reasoning, social cognition and theory of mind and their development.

Faculty: Badre, Buchsbaum, Feiman, FeldmanHall, Festa, Frank, Heindel, Krueger, Malle, Shenhav, Sloman, Sobel, Spoehr