I am a cognitive scientist in the Cognitive & Information Sciences group at the young UC Merced. My research involves quantifying the dynamics of cognition, with a focus on human communication. The work I've been involved in has touched upon language's many levels of complexity: from how it evolved, to how we carry out brief conversations. I am also interested in a wide range of other topics, such as the interface between language and action, cognitive dynamics, and theoretical issues in cognitive science. I am currently the Ph.D. Program Chair, and also an Associate Editor at the journals of Cognitive Science and Behavior Research Methods.
Recent Publications (see full list)
Fall course: COGS 127 Modern Everyday Cognition, see website for details
Spring course: COGS 202 Cognitive Science Foundations II (grad + undergrad course)
I quantify and visualize the way human behavior is organized in time, with a focus on communication. Our published work has taken steps to assess when and how people understand each other, when deception may be taking place, how positive and constructive an interaction is, how confident people are when making decisions, and more. To accomplish this, collaborators and I have leveraged computationally affordable and automated methods that get direct quantification and modeling of human behavior.
Key interests: human behavior and communication, modeling and analysis of time series, analytics and corpus methods, theoretical cognitive science
Some contributions: quantifying coupling between persons, analyzing how bodily movement can reveal mental processes, developing computationally affordable tools for analysis of behavior and interaction
Scientific competencies: analytics and corpus methods, experimental design, observational data analysis, regression analysis, computational modeling
Other experiences: undergraduate and graduate research mentoring, teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in both content-oriented and technical courses, grant management and writing, a variety of university-level service activities including chairing committees and programs
Cognitive and Information Sciences
University of California, Merced
2011 - 2012
Associate Professor (on leave)
Department of Psychology
The University of Memphis
2006 - 2011
Department of Psychology
The University of Memphis
Ph.D. Cornell University, Psychology
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Ph.D. program)
B.A. University of Toronto at Scarborough, Linguistics
UC Merced, Cognitive and Information Sciences
Mind, Technology, and Society Seminar (public seminar)
Cognitive Science Foundations II (grad + undergrad course)
Modern Everyday Cognition (large undergraduate course)
The University of Memphis, Department of Psychology
2006-2011: PSYC 3303: Thinking and Cognitive Processes.
2007-2011: PSYC 7302: Advanced Statistics I.
2007-2009: PSYC 4305: Mind, Brain, and Intelligence.
2007, 2009: COMP/PSYC 7/8514: Cognitive Science Seminar.
Cornell University, Department of Psychology
Fall, 2003: Instructor for "Intro to Cognitive Science Writing Seminar."
Summer, 2004: Co-instructor for "Introduction to Cognitive Science."
Summer, 2005: Instructor for "Introduction to Cognitive Science."
Courses as Teaching Assistant in Previous Years
Fall, 2001: TA for "Psychology and Law."
Spring, 2002, 2003: TA for "Psycholinguistics."
Fall, 2002: TA for "Applied Visual Perception."
Spring, 2003: TA for "Psycholinguistics."
Spring, 2004: TA for "Psychology of Music."
Spring, 2005: TA for "Computational Modeling of Cognition."
Many NSF panels for a range of programs.
Editorial Board/Board of Reviewers
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2012-present
Associate Editor, Cognitive Science, 2011-present
Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 2008-present
Review Editor, Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2010-2012
Board of Reviewers, Cognitive Science, 2009-2011
Program Committee Member/Society Service
Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP), Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-present
Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP), Steering Committee Member, 2010-2012
International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL '10), 2010, 2011
The Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, NLP Track, 2009
The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2007-2009, 2011-2013
Workshop: Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition, 2008
PhD Jury External Member, Pernille Bruhn (Chair: Annette Bohn, Members: Thomas Habekost). Aarhus University, March 1, 2013 (unable to attend in person).
PhD Jury External Member, Maarten Wijnants (Chair: Anna Bosman, Members: Didier DeligniÃ¨res, Paul van Geert, Jay Holden, Bert Steenbergen). Radboud University, June 27, 2012.
Invited workshop presentation: Basic recurrence methods using MATLAB. MindLAB Seminar, Aarhus University, December 9, 2011.
PhD Jury External Member, Marc-Antoine NÃ¼ssli, with P. Dillenbourg (chair), P. Jermann (chair), A. Billard, and A. Duchowski (Clemson). EPFL-CRAFT, November 3, 2011.
Invited seminar guest in undergraduate course "Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience" (PS418), with M. Elliott (instructor). NUI Galway School of Psychology, January 28, 2010.
I have also contributed ad hoc reviews for:
Acta Psychologica; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; American Psychologist; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Applied Psychophysiology; Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Behavior Research Methods; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Cerebral Cortex; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Science; Cognitive Systems Research; Consciousness and Cognition; Current Psychology Letters; Developmental Review; Discourse Processes; Dual-Eye Tracking Workshop for CSCW '12; Ecological Psychology; Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin; Frontiers in Cognition; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Human Factors; IEEE-TPC; Interaction Studies; Interface Focus (Royal Society); International Conference on Development and Learning; International Conference on Social Robotics; Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology; John Wiley & Sons; Journal of Experiental Psychology: General; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Journal of Memory and Language; Journal of New Mathematics and Natural Computing; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior; Judgment and Decision Making; Language and Cognition; Language and Cognitive Processes; Language Learning; Memory & Cognition; National (Irish) Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science; National Science Foundation; Oxford University Press; Philosophical Psychology; Psychological Review; Psychological Science; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; PLoS ONE; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Routledge Books; Speech Communication; Springer Proceedings in Mathematics; The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS); Trends in Cognitive Sciences
associate professor, cognitive science, rdale . ucmerced . edu, office: SSM 261A, lab: SSM 367
full cv (pdf)