The nominations process takes place from October – November each calendar year.

Fellows of the Cognitive Science Society are individuals whose research has exhibited sustained excellence and had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community. A Fellow’s research is typically inter-disciplinary but may be disciplinary research with significant impact on Cognitive Science. Fellows often participate significantly in the Cognitive Science community but not necessarily. Fellows are recognized for their professional integrity. All other factors being equal, the Fellows election process attempts to balance diversity in gender, geographical region of the world, and intellectual area.

Fellow Nominations

Cognitive Science Society Fellows nominations 2023


Open: October 4th – November 1st 2023

The Cognitive Science Society invites nominations for Fellows of the Society. This honor recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Cognitive Science.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 1st, 2023


The criteria for being a Fellow of the Society are as follows. Nominators should aim to address each in their letters of nomination.

(1) A Fellow’s research should exhibit sustained excellence.
(2) A Fellow’s research should exhibit sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community.
(3) Fellows are expected to uphold commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.
(4) Ideally, a Fellow’s research should be inter-disciplinary, but disciplinary research having a sustained impact on Cognitive Science is appropriate.
(5) Ideally, a Fellow should be a member of Cognitive Science Society with regular participation in the community via publications, attendance, or mentorship.
(6) Crrent members of the Cognitive Science Society leadership cannot be nominated for Fellow status.

Other factors being equal, the Fellows election process attempts to balance diversity in gender, traditionally under-represented minorities, geographical region, and disciplinary expertise. Unusually high levels of service are not sufficient for becoming a Fellow.  Fellow status is intended to be a lifetime honor; CSS reserves the right to rescind in exceptional cases where commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity have been violated. New fellows will be invited to publish a paper on their research in topICS.

A list of current Fellows is available below.

Submitted nominations will remain active for one additional year beyond the original submission.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following:

  • A single-spaced 1- or 2-page description of why the candidate merits selection as a Fellow with respect to the above criteria.  The nominating individual(s) should be specific in documenting the sustained excellence and impact of the candidate’s research, including influential papers, citation counts, and other relevant measures.
  • A curriculum vitae for the candidate and for all nominating individuals.
  • Pointers to one or more web sites or other sources that provide information about the candidate, if available.

Nominations should be submitted via email to the Society at: 

Congratulations to the new fellows of 2023

Francesco d'Errico

Francesco d'Errico

University of Bordeaux & University Bergen

Francesco d’Errico is an archaeologist who works as CNRS Director of Research at the University of Bordeaux in France and Professor at the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour, University of Bergen. In 2014 he was awarded the CNRS silver medal.  His research interests focus on the origins of modern behaviour in Hominins and specifically the emergence of cultural innovations in the African Middle Stone Age and the transition between Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon cultures.

Russell Gray

Russell Gray

Max Planck Institute and Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Auckland

Russell Gray completed his Ph.D. at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1990. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been awarded several fellowships, as well as the inaugural Mason Durie Medal for his contributions to social science. Russell Gray’s research spans the areas of linguistics, animal cognition, philosophy of biology and the evolution of human and animal behavior. He pioneered the application of computational evolutionary methods to questions about linguistic prehistory. From June 2014 Russell Gray was Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Mankind in Jena, in June 2020 he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

Janet Hsiao

Janet Hsiao

University of Hong Kong

Dr. Janet Hsiao is Head and Associate Professor in Department of Psychology, a PI of State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a Steering Committee member of Institute of Data Science at University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego. She is best known for her research on learning and visual cognition using interdisciplinary approaches. She received Best Language Modelling Paper Prize from the Cognitive Science Society, and serves on the Governing Board of the Society. She is also Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Psychology.

Tamar Kushnir

Tamar Kushnir

Duke University

Tamar Kushnir is a Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Her lab examines learning and conceptual change in young children with a focus on learning about the mind, the self, and the social world. Research topics include rational social and causal learning, developmental origins of our beliefs in free will and agency, normative reasoning, cultural influences on social and moral learning, belief revision and epistemic trust, and the role of imagination in social cognition.

Danielle S. McNamara

Danielle S. McNamara

Arizona State University

Danielle S. McNamara, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of the Learning Engineering Institute at Arizona State University. She is an expert in the fields of cognitive and learning sciences, comprehension, writing, text and learning analytics, computational linguistics, and intelligent tutoring systems. Her research involves the development and assessment of natural language processing tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix), game-based intelligent tutoring systems (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal; see soletlab.asu.edu), and the development of large-scale digital learning platforms (e.g., ASU Learning@Scale). She is the founding Editor of APA Technology, Mind, & Behavior, and has produced over 500 scholarly writings.

Marco Zorzi

Marco Zorzi

Università di Padova

Marco Zorzi investigates the computational bases of cognition, from development to skilled performance and to breakdowns of processing in atypical development or after brain damage. His research combines computational modeling based on neural networks, behavioral methods, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging. His interests include numerical cognition, reading and dyslexia, spatial representations and attention. In recent years he pioneered the use of unsupervised deep learning for computational modeling in a cognitive science perspective. Zorzi received doctoral and postdoctoral training in Italy (Trieste, Padova) and UK (UCL). He is a Professor at the University of Padova, where he teaches Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Psychology.

Chen Yu

Chen Yu

University of Texas at Austin

Chen Yu is the Director of the Developmental Intelligence Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.  By collecting and analyzing micro-level multimodal behavioral data using state-of-the-art sensing and computational techniques, the lab aims to better understand human learning and early development and help improve learning of children with developmental deficits. Dr. Chen received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.

James Allen
Gerry Altmann
John R. Anderson
Richard Aslin
Rita Astuti
Scott Atran
Renée Baillargeon
Dana Ballard
Lawrence W. Barsalou
William Bechtel
Marlene Behrmann


Andrea Bender
Brent Berlin
Maurice Bloch
Ned Block
Kay Bock
Margaret Boden
Pascal Boyer
John Bransford
Susan Brennan
Joan Bresnan
Joan Bybee

Jerome Busemeyer
Josep Call
Alfonso Caramazza
Susan Carey
Nick Chater
Micheline Chi
Noam Chomsky
Morten Christiansen
Patricia Churchland
Eve Clark
Herbert Clark

Allan Collins
Bernard Comrie
Gary Cottrell
William Croft
Antonio Damasio
Stanislas Dehaene
Gary S. Dell
Daniel C. Dennett
Chris Eliasmit
Martha Farah
Fernanda Ferreira

Janet Fodor
Kenneth Forbus
Peter Gardenfors
Rochel Gelman
Susan Gelman
Dedre Gentner
Raymond Gibbs
Edward Gibson
Gerd Gigerenzer
Ashok Goel

Susan Goldin-Meadow
Robert Goldstone
Roberta Golinkoff
Cleotilde Gonzalez
Alison Gopnik
Jonathan Gratch
Wayne D. Gray
Peter Hagoort
Graeme Halford
Patrick J. Hayes
Cecelia Heyes

Geoffrey E. Hinton
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Douglas Hofstadter
Keith Holyoak
James Hurford
Edwin Hutchins
Mutsumi Imai
Ray Jackendoff
Mark Johnson
Philip Johnson-Laird

Michael I. Jordan
Daniel Kahneman
Nancy Kanwisher
Ron Kaplan
Paul Kay
Walter Kintsch
Simon Kirby
Roberta Klatzky
Ken Koedinger
Stephen Kosslyn
Patricia Kuhl

Bill Labov
John Laird
George Lakoff
Barbara Landau
Ron Langacker
Patrick Langley
Doug Lenat
Pim Levelt
Beth Levin
Stephen Levinson
Elena Lieven

Tanya Luhrmann
Maryellen MacDonald
Asifa Majid
Barbara Malt
Jean Mandler
Art Markman
Ellen Markman
William Marslen-Wilson
John J. McCarthy
Jay McClelland
Ken McRae

Douglas L. Medin
Andrew Meltzoff
Michael Mozer
Greg Murphy
Nancy J. Nersessian
Nora Newcombe
Elissa Newport
Richard Nisbett
Donald A. Norman
Robert Nosofsky
Rafael Núñez

Barbara Hall Partee

Judea Pearl
Janet Pierrehumbert
Steven Pinker
Michael Posner
Molly Potter
Alan Prince
Lance Rips
Eleanor Rosch
Paul Rosenbloom
Mark S. Seidenberg
Terry Sejnowski
Roger Shepard

Richard M. Shiffrin
Steven Sloman
Vladimir Sloutsky
Linda Smith
Paul Smolensky
Elizabeth Spelke
Daniel Sperber
Michael Spivey
Mark Steedman
Keith Stenning
Kim Sterelny
Len Talmy

Michael Tanenhaus
Josh Tenenbaum
Paul Thagard
Michael Tomasello
Barbara Tversky
Lorraine Tyler
Shimon Ullman
Kurt Van Lehn
Gabriella Vigliocco
Michael Waldmann
Sandra Waxman
Henry Wellman

Janet Werker
Andrew Whiten
Fei Xu


Roy D’Andrade
Gordon Bower
Anne Cutler
Jeffrey L. Elman
Jerry Fodor

Lila R. Gleitman
James Greeno
Gil Harman
Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Aravind Joshi

George Mandler
Jacques Mehler
George Miller
Marvin Minsky
Helen Neville

Zenon Pylyshyn
David Rumelhart
Ivan Sag
Edward E. Smith
Anne Treisman

Lifetime Members

The Cognitive Science Society recognizes the following individuals as Honorary Lifetime Members for outstanding, sustained contributions to the general advancement of cognitive science, and in particular, to the Cognitive Science Society.

Richard Atkinson

Rick Cooper

Susan Chipman

Lawrence Erlbaum


Kevin Gluck

Robert Glushko

Wayne Gray

Deborah Gruber


Art Markman

Susan Trickett

Jessica Wong

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.  To date, 1681 trees have been planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

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