Governing Board Nominations
GB Nominations Process
As a Governing Board member, duties include serving on various standing committees, participating in email discussions and votes, and attending meetings. CSS typically has two meetings a year which GB members must attend, one held the day before the Annual Meeting and a second virtual meeting is held mid-year.
The Cognitive Science Society is committed to the inclusion of scientists working broadly in the cognitive sciences and welcomes people from diverse disciplinary expertise, gender, race, geographic location, sexual orientation, and disability status. In making nominations, we welcome all applicants that uphold our commitment to scientific merit regardless of background.
The Cognitive Science Society is honored to nominate the following candidates for open positions on the Governing Board and thank them in advance for their willingness to serve.
I study how basic cognitive processes contribute to learning in infancy and early childhood. I am particularly interested in how young learners use probabilistic data to make inferences about causality, emotions, counterfactuals, theory of mind, and judgment and decision-making, and how this changes across development. My approach to cognitive science is highly collaborative, and by working with other cognitive scientists, I have examined these topics from computational and comparative perspectives.
I would be honored to serve on the Society’s Governing Board. In recent years, I have contributed to the society’s functioning by serving as co-chair of the 2020 meeting and subsequently as a member of the Conference Committee. If elected to the GB, I would be particularly committed to increasing the reach of the society through improving opportunities to engage with the society as a whole and specifically with the conference. In 2020, the flip to a virtual conference was in some ways disappointing, but also revealed that many more people are interested in attending the meeting and accessing the research that our members produce than are reachable with strictly in-person events. I would be excited to work on hybrid conferencing options, local hubs, and other creative ways of including researchers for whom in-person attendance is not feasible, while also potentially enriching the experience for in-person attendees.
After receiving my Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University and completing my postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, I returned to my home country, Turkey, and started working at Koç University. I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and the director of the Language and Cognition Lab (https://lclab.ku.edu.tr/). My research investigates the interactions between language and cognitive processes at different age groups and populations using multi-method, cross-linguistic, and multimodal approaches.
As a researcher residing in a developing country, I am a supporter of including international scholars in governing boards of international societies to make a comfortable and welcoming stage for researchers from diverse backgrounds. I advocate enhancing the contributions of women scientists in academic and research leadership, particularly for those at the beginning of their careers and coming from less advantageous backgrounds. I will also interact and outreach junior researchers from developing countries to increase the visibility and roles of underrepresented and minority groups in cognitive science. Last, I am sensitive to accurate, transparent, unbiased scientific communication and will promote timely dissemination of research findings to the researchers and general public via different sources (i.e., open science networks, media, social media, newsletters).
Tom Griffiths is a Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Princeton University, known for his work on rational models of cognition. This work draws on ideas from many of the disciplines that make up cognitive science, covering topics that range from language evolution to decision-making. Prior to moving to Princeton he was at UC Berkeley, where he was Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2010-2018. He has been a member of the program committee for the annual conference since 2007 and currently serves on the sponsorship committee.
My current research interests include language and memory, with foci on semantic memory, sentence comprehension, concepts, and event future thinking. My collaborators, trainees, and I have studied human knowledge of events and the influences of this knowledge on language comprehension for a number of years. We use human empirical research of multiple types (surveys, decision latency, EEG, eye-tracking, some fMRI) with both healthy and clinical populations. We implement and test theories using computational modeling, including connectionist and network science models.
I have been a member of the CSS since 1996, and I was elected as a Fellow in 2020. With Vladimir Sloutsky and Brad Love, we co-organized the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2008). I have been a member of the Editorial Board of Cognitive Science since 2010, and I am a member of Selection Committee for Jeffrey L. Elman Prize for Scientific Achievement and Community Building.
Lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/kenmcraelab/
In cognitive science, I am particularly interested in how cognitive processes reflect their emergence in evolution and development from the sensory-motor domain. This raises the question of integration, how perception, cognition, and action are seamlessly woven together to achieve intelligent behavior. The theoretical perspective I take is based on neural principles, from which we develop neural process models as demonstrated in simple robotic implementations.
Through collaborations, I have had the opportunity to work in motor control, perception, simple forms of cognition, and development, combining both behavioral and neural levels of description. My transition from physics to psychology happened as I moved from Germany to the US. Returning to Germany and then moving to France, I added robotics and neurophysiology to my portfolio. Since 2001 I have been director of the Institute for Neural Computation at the Ruhr-University Bochum where I enjoy an interdisciplinary environment that ranges from neuroscience to machine learning.
Areas overlapping with Cognitive Science currently undergo rapid growth, including in machine learning, autonomous robotics, and computational neuroscience. Based on my own interdisciplinary experience, I would aim to maintain and perhaps strengthen the ties of our Society to researchers in these areas.
Natalie Sebanz is a Professor in Cognitive Science at Central European University and a co-director of CEU’s Social Mind Center in Vienna, Austria. She completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany in 2004. Before joining CEU in 2011, Natalie held appointments at Rutgers University (US), the University of Birmingham (UK), and Radboud University (NL). Her research interests revolve around the cognitive and neural basis of social interaction, with a special focus on how we coordinate our actions with others and how we take others’ perspective. Her research has been funded by the European Science Foundation and the European Research Council. Natalie is a member of the Academia Europaea and the Leopoldina. She was involved in organizing the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Berlin in 2013 and has established and co-organized the bi-annual Joint Action Meeting, taking place since 2005. Her editorial activities include serving as associate editor for Cognition (2013-2016; 2020-), and serving on the Editorial Board and on the Senior Editorial Board of Topics in Cognitive Science (2008-2011; 2016-2019). She currently serves on the board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science and on the Executive Committee of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology. Providing opportunities for junior researchers, fostering creativity in research, establishing meaningful open science practices, and the internationalization of Cognitive Science are goals that she considers important. Apart from Cognitive Science, Natalie loves kids, books, and dogs, as well as travelling and learning about different cultures.
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.