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


The World Color Survey


This project is headed by Professor Kay from Linguistics, with major collaboration from Brent Berlin (formerly from UCB Anthropology), William Merrifield (SIL, Dallas), and Luisa Maffi who was an ICS visiting scholar. The project is based on Kay and Berlin's previous ground-breaking work on "basic color terms" in which they found strong cross-cultural evidence for universals in color naming. Data has been gathered on how colors are named in 110 unwritten languages around the world in order to identify both universals and variations across languages. The findings thus far are closely related to theories of color processing from neurobiology. The content areas of this project include perception, learning, and language, with disciplinary contributions from linguistics, anthropology, psychology, and biology to varying degrees. (Professor Kay) This project is funded by NSF and is being conducted jointly with ICSI.