Research Focus Areas

The CLPS department has several core research focus areas:

Behavioral Neuroscience/Comparative

Neural bases and computational models of: interval timing, emotional development and dysfunction, auditory perception, flow sensing, memory, and higher cognitive functions; neuro-development, plasticity, and regeneration; canid communication and social cognition.
Faculty: Bath, Burwell, Church, Colwill, Simmons

Cognitive Neuroscience

The neural basis of cognitive functions such as attention, perception, learning, memory, emotional regulation, executive control, decision making, language.
Faculty: Amso, Anderson, Badre, Bath, Blumstein, Burwell, FeldmanHall, Frank, Heindel, Watanabe

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: Anderson, Badre, FeldmanHall, Frank, Heindel, Krueger, Malle, Sloman, Sobel, Spoehr, Wright

Neural/Computational Models of Mind, Brain & Behavior

Neural and computational models of processes such as motor control, vision, categorization, learning, reasoning, and language.
Faculty: Anderson, Blumstein, FeldmanHall, Frank, Morgan, Serre, Sloman


In human and animal models, visual attention, learning and memory, causal reasoning, pretend play, language, perception.
Faculty: Amso, Bath, Morgan, Sobel, Simmons.

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, Serre, Song, Simmons, Warren, Watanabe, Welch

Phonetics & Phonology

Acoustic properties of phonetic categories of speech; physiological basis of articulation and perception; phonetic and phonological theories, phonetic/ phonological interface. 
Faculty: Blumstein, Cohen Priva, Morgan

Psycholinguistics & Language Processing

The experimental study of language acquisition and language use across linguistic domains and the relationship between experimental and theoretical approaches to language.
Faculty: AnderBois, Blumstein, Cohen Priva, Morgan

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: Jacobson, AnderBois