CogSci Affiliated Faculty

Active Teaching Faculty

Dor Abrahamson is an Associate Professor of Secondary Mathematics Education in the Area of Cognition and Development. He researches mathematical cognition, design-based research, mixed-media design for mathematics learning environments, embodied interaction.

Mel Y. Chen is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. Their research and teaching focuses on about queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory and Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics. They are the author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect

Sonia Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. She is active in the new field of Computational Psychiatry and uses a combination of computational modeling, behavioral experiments and fMRI to examine how threat and reward influence decision-making, pavlovian learning, visual perception and attention in health and disease and to study the associated neural mechanisms. She leads the Affective Cognitive Neuroscience lab.

Jose M. Carmena is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience. He researches brain-machine interfaces, neural ensemble computation, neuroprosthetics, sensorimotor learning and control. He sits on the board of the Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses, and conducts research in his campus lab.   

Clayton Critcher is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Haas School of Business. His interests include the Self (e.g., self-insight, self-regulation, self-affirmation); social and moral judgment; judgment and decision making; cognition and emotion. 

Mark D'Esposito is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology. He researches working memory and frontal lobe function, functional MRI, cognitive neuroscience He is the primary investigator for The D'esposito Lab


Alison Gopnik is a Professor of Psychology. Her work focuses on cognitive development, causal learning, psychology and philosophy. Her campus lab explores how young children come to learn about the world around them. Her most recent book is The Philosophical Baby

Jack Glaser is a Professor and Associate Dean of Public Policy. He specializes in political psychology, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, hate crime, unconscious social cognition, racial profiling, and policing. Dr. Glaser works with the Center for Policing Equity as one of the principal investigators on a National Science Foundation- and Google-funded project to build a National Justice Database of police stops and use of force incidents.

William F. Hanks is a Professor of Anthropology, a Berkeley DIstinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology and Director of the Social Science Matrix. He is interested in Maya culture, language in culture, discourse, cognition and communication, shamanism, the logic of anthropological inquiry, anthropology of literature. He has written extensively on indexicality, translation and ethnography, as well as colonial history mentioned in his book, Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross.

Michael DeWeese is an Associate Professor of Physics. He researches machine learning, computation, systems neuroscience, auditory cortex, neural coding and has a campus lab


Robert J. Glushko is an Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science. His interests include information-intensive systems and services, semantic standards, information policy, business innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the editor of The Discipline of OrganizingBefore joining the Berkeley faculty in 2002, he founded or co-founded four companies, including Veo Systems in 1997, which pioneered the use of XML for electronic business.


Rich Ivry is a Professor of psychology and neuroscience.  His research program examines many aspects of human performance, with a special interest in sensorimotor control and learning.  His lab, the Cognition and Action lab, employs many of the methodologies of cognitive neuroscience including behavioral studies in people with movement disorders, functional neuroimaging, human electrophysiology, and non-invasive brain stimulation.

Lucia Jacobs is a Professor of Psychology. Her interests include cognitive and brain evolution, adaptive patterns in spatial memory, spatial navigation, cognitive sex differences and decision making. Her lab focuses on cognitive biology, studying diverse species, including humans, to identify universal cognitive processes.

Paul Li is Lecturer in Cognitive Science. He is the co-author of The Cognitive Sciences: an Interdisciplinary Approach. He has written for Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and was recently an episode consultant for National Geographic Channel's Brain Games.

Alva Noe is a Professor of Philosophy. He researches perception and consciousness, as well as the theory of art (with special attention to dance as well as visual art). He is the author of Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

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Dan Klein is an Associate Professor of Computer Science. He researches statistical natural language processing, including unsupervised learning methods, syntactic parsing, information extraction, and machine translation, and he leads the Berkeley Natural Language Processing Group.


Jitendra Malik is an Arthur J. Chick endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He specializes in Computer Vision, Computational Modeling of Human Vision, Computational Biology, and Computer Graphics.

Bruno Olshausen is a Professor of Vision Science, Neuroscience, and Optometry. He researches computational models of sensory coding and visual perception and directs the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. 

Robert Knight is a Professor of Psychology. He researches attention and memory; neuropsychology and physiology; cognitive neuroscience He runs a campus lab



Sam Mchombo is an Associate Professor of African American Studies. He researches the syntax and semantics of reciprocal constructions in Bantu languages as part of his investigation of the logical structure of Bantu languages, and of the relation between morpho-syntax and semantics. He is the author of The Syntax of Chichewa.

Michael Ranney is a Professor of Education. He researches the nature of explanation and understanding, in both formal and informal domains.  His work is intended to foster the incorporation of challenging information (e.g., on global climate change; 

Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science. His work explores a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, global seismic monitoring, and philosophical foundations. 

David Whitney  is a Professor of Psychology whose work focuses on visual perception and attention, visually guided action, and cognitive neuroscience. He directs the Whitney lab

Terry Regier is a Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. His research investigates the relation of language and cognition, through computational methods, behavioral experiments, and cross-language semantic data. He directs the Language and Cognition Lab


Geoffrey Saxe is a Professor of Education. His work focuses on U.S., developmental psychology, interplay between culture and cognitive development, mathematical cognition in children, elementary school classrooms, cognitive development, mathematics education.  



Fei Xu is a Professor of Psychology. Her work focuses on cognitive development, language development, social cognition in infants and children, learning in infants and young children, statistical learning and statistical inference, psychology and philosophy, computational models of cognitive development. She directs the Berkeley Early Learning Lab. 

Richard Rhodes is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Interim Director of Canadian Studies. He studies American Indian languages, lexical semantics, lexicography, Algonquian languages, Ojibwe, Mixe-Zoquean languages, mixed languages, Michif (Métchif), Sayula Popoluca (Sayuleño). 

Alan Schoenfeld(link is external) is an Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics. He researches thinking, teaching, learning, productive learning environments, mathematics education, modeling the process of teaching, understanding how and why teachers do what they do.

Mahesh Srinivasan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. He studies how representations of language and concepts arise and interact in human development and across cultures. Specific interests include flexible and pragmatic uses of language (e.g., polysemy, metaphor, implicature), the representation of abstract concepts (e.g., time, number), linguistic relativity, and social cognitive development in different cultural contexts. He directs the Language and Cognitive Development Lab

Anne Collins is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She researches human learning, decision-making and executive functions; computational modeling at multiple levels (cognitive and neuroscience); behavioral, EEG, drug and genes studies in healthy or patient populations. Anne is the primary investigator for the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

John Campbell is a Professor of Philosophy. His interests include the theory of meaning, metaphysics, and philosophy of psychology. His publications include;  Past, Space, and Self  and Reference and Consciousness

Roy L. Caldwell is a Professor of Integrative Biology. He researches, evolution, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, communication, sensory ecology, aggressive behavior. He explores these any many other topics in his UC Berkeley lab

Terrence Deacon is a Professor of Anthropology. He researches human evolutionary biology and neuroscience, with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition. He is the author of The Symbolic Species and and Incomplete Nature

Martin S. Banks is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and an Affiliate Professor of Psychology and Bioengineering. In his campus lab, he focuses his research on visual space perception and sensory combination. 


Susanne Gahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Science program. She is a psycholinguist with interests in language production, language variation, aphasia (and other  communication disorders), and bilingualism.

David E. Presti is a Teaching Professor of Neurobiology. His areas of interest and expertise include human neurobiology and neurochemistry, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the clinical treatment of addiction, the evolving conversation between cognitive science and Buddhist philosophy, and the scientific study of mind and consciousness. His classes include: Brain, Mind, and Behavior: An Introduction to Neuroscience; Drugs and the Brain; Matter, Mind, Consciousness; and Consciousness: Buddhist and Neuroscientific Perspectives. He is author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (W.W. Norton, 2016) and Mind Beyond Brain (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Eve Sweetser is a Professor of Linguistics and Celtic Studies. Her research focuses on subjectivity, syntax, semantics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics, Celtic languages, speech act theory, semantic change, grammaticalization, gesture, metaphor, iconicity, viewpoint, construction grammar, semantics of grammatical constructions. She is the Director of the Celtic Studies Program. 


Dor Abrohamson