University Relations


Victoria Interrante, PhD
Computer Science & Engineering

Associate Director
Jeanette Gundel, PhD
Professor, Linguistics



The Center's graduate and undergraduate programs of training and research have been supported by a number of agencies, including:

The National Institute of Child Health and Development

The National Science Foundation
Research grants held by Center faculty

The Center has received important funding support from University of Minnesota offices, schools and colleges, including:

The Graduate School

The College of Liberal Arts

Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Member Institutions

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program is an interdisciplinary graduate training program that unites a fundamental understanding of basic sensory science (vision, audition, motor control, speech and language) with deep technical expertise in engineering, computer science, and other related fields. Interdisciplinary research will explore the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits that have a major impact on an individual’s quality of life. PhD student fellowship funding is available for Fall 2018 from the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science.

Current PhD students entering their 2nd or 3rd years may be eligible to apply for 1-2 years of comprehensive funding through the CCS/CATSS training grant, “NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain.” Students who are selected will receive:

  • 12-month stipend of $34,000
  • Tuition remission
  • Health insurance
  • Eligibility to apply for mini-grants and travel support
  • Opportunities for industry internships

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spring 2018 Colloquia

Tuesday, February 20 – 11:30 am – Elliott N219

Douglas Addleman and Alexander Bratch, Kersten Lab, Psychology

"Perception of Human Bodies in Natural Images"


Detecting, identifying, and interpreting features of human bodies are basic visual functions that occur under a wide range of variability in appearances, in particular those resulting from pose variability, blur, and occlusion. We will provide an overview of several ongoing projects in our lab investigating the limits and abilities of human visual perception of human bodies. Data from psychophysics using low-resolution natural images, computational models for body pose representations, and fMRI of body part perception will be discussed.



Cognitive Critique Journal Club
Wednesday, February 21 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm - Elliott Hall S204

"The safety and efficacy of ±3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine- assisted psychotherapy in subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder: the first randomized controlled pilot study" by M. Mithoefer et al.

"The role of psychedelics in palliative care reconsidered: A case for psilocybin" by B. Kelmendi et al.


SRD 2018

SRD formSpring Research Day abstract submission

Click on the link above and fill out the form to submit an abstract.

Spring Research Day (SRD) is an annual all-day, university-wide symposium that showcases the work of graduate students. We are inviting non-Center for Cognitive Sciences (CCS) student members to participate in sharing their cognitive science and/or sensory science related reasearch alongside CCS student members. All University of Minnesota graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a poster or 20-minute oral presentation. Breakfast (coffee & pastries) and lunch (sandwiches) will be provided. Student presenters will be invited to attend a dinner with our keynote speaker.

**Feel free to present developing research ideas or recycle previously presented posters! We want to get as many diverse research projects from a wide range of departments and programs to participate. The Center for Cognitive Sciences encourages interdisciplinary involvement for all departments! :) *****

The keynote speaker this year is Tobias Egner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, at Duke University. Dr. Egner's lab examines human adaptive behavior and cognitive control using behavioral, computational, neuroimaging, and neuro-stimulation techniques. For more information about his research, visit:

Spring Research Day Information
Friday, April 20th, 2018 ~9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Walter Library 402, University of Minnesota -TC

If you have any questions, please contact Kara Kedrick at

(Poster boards are large enough to accommodate most posters)

Updated February 20, 2018