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

Foundations of Cognitive Science

Faculty: DiSessa, Dreyfus, Feldman, Gopnik, Lakoff, Palmer, Malik, Pirolli, Russell, Searle, Wilensky, and Zadeh.

Philosophical Issues: Professors DiSessa, Dreyfus, Gopnik, Lakoff, Palmer, Pirolli, Russell and Searle are analyzing the philosophical commitments and theoretical assumptions underlying cognitive science and trying to understand their relation to the nature of minds. Consciousness, intentionality, "being-in-the-world," and developmental history play pivotal roles in the philosophy of mind emerging at ICS, which contrasts with the functionalist approach that dominates cognitive science elsewhere.

Computational Issues: Professors Feldman, Malik, Russell, Wilensky and Zadeh are exploring alternative computational approaches to the standard rule-following formalism of cognitive science. The continuous structure of "fuzzy logic" provides a more flexible and robust system for reasoning than classical logic, and massively parallel processing in neuron-like connectionist networks allows more efficient and effective mechanisms for accomplishing perception, language understanding, and thinking in computers.