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.

Congratulations to the new fellows of 2024

Matthew Botvinick

Matthew Botvinick

DeepMind, University College London

Sarah Brown-Schmidt

Sarah Brown-Schmidt

Vanderbilt University

Sarah Brown-Schmidt earned her B.A. in Psychology at Reed College and her Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. Currently, Brown-Schmidt is Professor of Psychology & Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Her research examines cognitive processes in everyday contexts with an emphasis on ecological validity. Areas of inquiry include the representation and use of perspective information, memory for conversation, message formulation, quantitative methods, and cognitive-communication disorders following brain injury. She is the Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and served as President for the Society for Human Sentence Processing. 

Yolanda Gil

Yolanda Gil

University of Southern California

Dr. Yolanda Gil is a Fellow at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, Director of AI and Data Science Initiatives in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Gil collaborates with scientists in many domains on semantic workflows and metadata capture, provenance and trust, social knowledge collection, computer-mediated collaboration, and automated discovery.  She is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and served as its 24th President.

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Diane Larsen-Freeman

University of Michigan

Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education and Linguistics, Research Scientist Emerita, and former Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, and Professor Emerita of the Graduate SIT Institute. She is also a Visiting Faculty Member at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, she was appointed Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award, the highest honor of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Her recent books are Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (2008, with L. Cameron), winner of the MLA’s Kenneth Mildenberger Book Prize, the third edition of Techniques and Principles (2011, with M. Anderson), the third edition of The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use (2015, with M. Celce-Murcia), and Second Language Development: Ever Expanding (2018).

HongJing Lu

HongJing Lu

University of California, Los Angeles

Hongjing Lu is a Professor of Psychology and Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She studies human perception and reasoning, and how intelligent machines might emulate them. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, integrating theories and methods from psychology, statistics, computer vision, machine learning, and computational neuroscience. She has applied this approach to investigate how humans perceive the world, learn new concepts, and use them to reason and select actions.

Bertram F. Malle

Bertram F. Malle

Brown University

Bertram F. Malle is Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences and Co-Director of the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University.  He was trained in psychology, philosophy, and linguistics in Austria and earned his psychology Ph.D. at Stanford University.  He received the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Outstanding Dissertation award, an NSF CAREER award, and is co-recipient of the Decision Analysis Society 2018 best publication award and the 2019 SESP Scientific Impact Award. Malle’s research focuses on social cognition, moral psychology, trust, and human-machine interaction. He has distributed his work over 170 scientific publications and several books.

Patrick Shafto

Patrick Shafto

Rutgers University

Dr. Patrick Shafto is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers University – Newark and Program Manager at DARPA’s I2O office. He spent the previous two years as Member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Research in his lab focuses on mathematical foundations of learning in humans and machines. He has received honors and awards including an NSF CAREER award, term chair in Data Science, and outstanding reviewer awards at NeurIPS and ICML. His research has been supported by NSF (EHR, CISE, SBE), DARPA, DoD, NIH, and the intelligence community. He has been a member of the Cognitive Science Society since 2004.


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
Francesco d’Errico
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
Russell Gray
Wayne D. Gray
Peter Hagoort
Graeme Halford
Patrick J. Hayes

Cecelia Heyes
Geoffrey E. Hinton
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Douglas Hofstadter
Keith Holyoak
Janet Hsiao
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
Tamar Kushnir
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
Danielle McNamara
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
Chen Yu
Marco Zorzi

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

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