Perception and Attention

Memory and Thought

Language and Conceptual Systems

Education in Math, Science, and Technology

Foundations of Cognitive Science

The Neural Theory of Language and Thought

The World Color Survey

Learning Complex Motor Tasks

Perceptual Organization in Vision

Metaphors in Language and Thought

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Cognition

Control of Automated Vehicles

Crosslinguistic Studies of Early Language Development

Understanding Explanatory Coherence

Children's Theories of Mind

Spatial Cognition

Neuropsychological Studies of Mind and Brain

Biologically Motivated Computer Vision

Soft Computing

Cognition and Action


Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Cognition


The biological bases of human memory and cognition has been examined by using three methods: analyses of neurological patients, investigations using functional neuroimaging, and basic theoretical cognitive research. An important focus of the Berkeley group is on the role of the frontal lobes in memory, attention, and thought. This brain region appears to be involved in "working memory," a term used to describe the on-line control and monitoring of memory processes. Interactions between this anterior system with posterior cortical regions are an important aspect of what we call represent memory. (Professors Knight, Shimamura, D'Esposito) Professors Knight and D'Esposito maintain an active cognitive research program in which memory, attentional, and perceptual phenomena are analyzed both empirically and theoretically.