The nominations process takes place from September – October 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 5th – November 1st 2022

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 Monday, November 1st, 2022


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.

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. 

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 2022

Ashok Goel

Ashok Goel

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ashok Goel is a Professor of Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He conducts research into cognitive systems at the intersection of AI and cognitive science with a focus on computational design and creativity. His research investigates design thinking, systems thinking, analogical thinking, and visual thinking. Ashok was a Co-Chair of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. He is a Fellow of AAAI and a recipient of AAAI’s Outstanding AI Educator Award. He is the Executive Director of the NSF’s National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education. 


Asifa Majid

Asifa Majid

University of Oxford

Asifa Majid investigates the relationship between language, culture, and thought by conducting studies with adults in different cultures and sub-cultures, and by tracing how concepts develop over a child’s lifetime in diverse cultural contexts. Her work adopts a large-scale cross-cultural approach in order to establish which aspects of categorisation are fundamentally shared, and which are language- or culture-specific. Her work is characterized by interdisciplinarity, combining laboratory and field experiments, in-depth linguistic studies, and ethnographically-informed description. This coordinated approach has been used to study domains such as space, event representation and perception, particularly olfaction.

Barbara Malt

Barbara Malt

Lehigh University

Malt’s research focuses on thought, language, and interface between the two. She has investigated the nature of mental representations of the world, the nature of word meanings and how they evolve, how thoughts are mapped into words in different languages, how children learn the words of their native language, and how bilinguals deal with different ways of expressing thoughts in words. Malt received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She has been Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Lehigh University and has served as Chair of the Psychology Department and Director of the Cognitive Science Program.

Rafael Núñez

Rafael Núñez

University of California, San Diego

Rafael Núñez is a Professor at UC San Diego. Born and raised in Chile, he obtained his doctoral degree in Switzerland, and completed his post-doctoral work at UC Berkeley and Stanford. He investigates embodied cognition, conceptual systems, and abstraction using multidisciplinary methods that range from psycholinguistic experiments, to gesture studies and field research with isolated indigenous groups. His 2001 best-selling book Where Mathematics Comes From (with George Lakoff) introduced a new theoretical framework for understanding the bio-cultural nature of mathematics and its foundations. He is a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and currently co-leads a large ERC-Synergy project on the evolution of quantification.

Michael Spivey

Michael Spivey

University of California, Merced

Michael Spivey is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Merced. His research examines the interactions between language, vision, memory, syntax, semantics, and motor movement. His book, The Continuity of Mind (2007), uses experiments and simple simulations to showcase how changes in mental states are smoothly spread out over time. In Who You Are (2020), he draws on findings in the cognitive and neural sciences to demonstrate how those mental states are also spread out over space, in the body and the environment. In 2010, Spivey received the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

Kim Sterelny

Kim Sterelny

Australia National University

After studying philosophy at Sydney University, Kim Sterelny taught philosophy in Australia at Sydney, La Trobe University, and ANU (where he was Research Fellow, and then Senior Research Fellow, in Philosophy at RSSS from 1983 until 1987), before taking up a position at Victoria University in Wellington. Between 1999 and 2008 he spent half a year at Victoria and the other half here at the ANU. After 2009 he transitioned to full time at the ANU. His research interests have always been in the border areas between philosophy and the sciences; most of his research and graduate supervision has been in philosophy of biology and the philosophy of the cognitive sciences. In the last decade and a half, he has been particularly interested in human evolution, and in understanding the the evolution of the distinctive features of human social life, and of the cognitive capacities that make that life possible.

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
Anne Cutler
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

Susan Goldin-Meadow
Robert Goldstone
Roberta Golinkoff
Cleotilde Gonzalez
Alison Gopnik
Jonathan Gratch
Wayne D. Gray
James Greeno
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
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
Barbara Hall Partee
Judea Pearl
Janet Pierrehumbert

Steven Pinker
Michael Posner
Molly Potter
Alan Prince
Zenon Pylyshyn
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
Mark Steedman
Keith Stenning
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
Jeffrey L. Elman
Jerry Fodor

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

George Mandler
Jacques Mehler
George Miller
Marvin Minsky

Helen Neville
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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