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Cognitive Science Faculty

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    Susan Brennan

    Professor, Cognitive Science

    Director of the Cognitive Science Program

    Language use and processing in communication; psycholinguistics; multi-modal dialogue; human-AI interaction.

    Psychology B-322
    Phone: (631) 632-9145

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    Richard Gerrig

    Professor, Cognitive Science

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Psycholinguistics, especially the implications of non-conventional language for theories of language processing  and processes that give rise to and that follow from readers' experiences of being transported by narratives.

    Psychology B-201
    Phone: (631) 632-7847

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    Christian Luhmann

    Associate Professor, Cognitive Science

    High-level cognition; causal and associative learning, probabilistic reasoning, economic and perceptual decision making, neuroimaging and computational modeling.

    Psychology B-250
    Phone: (631) 632-7086

    Surparna Rajaram

    Suparna Rajaram

    Distinguished Professor, Cognitive Science

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Memory, amnesia, cognitive neuroscience, recollective experience, memory in the social context.

    Psychology B-252
    Phone: (631) 632-7841

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    Lauren Richmond

    Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science

    Everyday cognition, individual differences, working memory, aging, intervention.

    Psychology B-342
    Phone: (631) 632-7832

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    Gregory Zelinsky

    Professor, Cognitive Science Joint Associate Professor, Computer Science

    Visual cognition (attention, search, scene perception, and visual working memory), with emphasis on the behavioral and computational study of eye movements in visual search.

    Psychology B-240
    Phone: (631) 632-7827

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     Marie Huffman

    Marie Huffman

    Associate Professor,
    Department of Linguistics
    Phonetics, including howfine details of pronunciation are affected by linguistic structure and communicative context. Her recent research addresses how speakers adapt pronunciation due to partnerlanguage/dialect and communicative setting and how the sound systems of L1 and L2 interact in adult language learners.  Email:

    Jared Van Snellenberg

    Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science

    Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

    Neural mechanisms of psychosis (hallucinations and delusions); working memory and cognitive control; memory impairment in schizophrenia; functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) methods development; resting state functional connectivity; multiband (simultaneous multi-slice) fMRI; multimodal imaging (MRI, PET, MRS, EEG, etc.); back-translational clinical neuroscience; meta-analysis; linear modeling.

    HSC Level 10 Room 041H

    Phone: (631) 638-0064

  • Research Faculty
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    Howard Rachlin

    Research Professor: Emeritus Distinguished Professor

    Studying choice and  decision-making in humans and non-humans with the aim of understanding the psychological and economic basis of self-control, addiction, social cooperation, and altruism.

    Psychology B-146
    Phone: (631) 632-7807

    Art Samuel

    Arthur Samuel

    Research Professor, Cognitive Science


    Perception, language, attention, and memory.  The majority of his research in the last two decades has investigated  both bottom-up and top-down processes in speech recognition.

    Psychology A-240
    Phone: (631) 632-7792

  • Emeritus Faculty
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    Nancy Franklin

    Nancy Franklin

    Emerita Professor, Cognitive Science

    Memory and memory errors, including applications to the criminal justice system. Dr. Franklin regularly serves as an expert witness, both for current trials and post-conviction cases, on the reliability of eyewitness identification and memory.