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


Learning Complex Motor Tasks


The motor learning project aims to develop a unified theory of how natural and artificial systems can learn to solve complex motor tasks, such as running, diving, throwing, and flying, that entail significant sensory input and the coordination, sequencing, and fine-tuning of many low-level activities. It is based on significant experimental advances in understanding motor control systems in humans and other animals and on increased sophistication in mathematical models of control learning. These models are being used not only to analyze and predict natural phenomena in motor control, but also to derive effective adaptive controllers for artificial systems carrying out complex tasks. (Professors Russell, Ivry, Sastry)