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Cognitive Science Program

Breithaupt named interim dean of IU Hutton Honors College

Fritz Breithaupt

Lauren Robel, Indiana University executive vice president and IU Bloomington provost, has appointed Fritz Breithaupt as interim dean of the Hutton Honors College, to serve during a search for a new permanent dean that will occur this fall. Breithaupt is a professor of Germanic studies, adjunct professor in comparative literature and affiliated professor of cognitive science, all in the College of Arts and Sciences. Full Story >>

IU Bloomington cognitive scientist receives American Psychological Association's highest honor

Linda Smith

Linda Smith, Distinguished Professor and Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, has received the 2013 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions. Full Story >>

College of Arts and Sciences moves to Owen Hall, administrative offices open March 19

Owen Hall

The Office of the Dean of the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences is packing and labeling boxes this week, preparing to move to Owen Hall, just steps north of its current home in Kirkwood Hall. The College's administrative offices will close Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Monday, March 18. Full Story >>

IU research: Rock-paper-scissors a parable for cycles in finance, fashion, politics and more

Seth Frey

Using a grown-up version of the rock-paper-scissors game, Indiana University cognitive scientists offer a new theory of the group dynamics that arise in situations as varied as cycles of fashion, fluctuations of financial markets, eBay bidding wars and political campaign strategies. Full Story >>

Pokemon provides rare opening for IU study of face-recognition processes


At a Bloomington, Ind., toy store, kids ages 8 to 12 gather weekly to trade Pokemon cards and share their mutual absorption in the intrigue and adventure of Pokemon. This may seem an unlikely source of material to test the theories in cognitive neuroscience. But that is where Indiana University brain scientists Karin Harman James and Tom James were when an idea took hold. Full Story >>

'Google of the brain' neuroimaging project receives $2.5 million NIH grant

Mike Jones

Indiana University Bloomington cognitive scientist Michael Jones, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado, University of Texas at Austin and Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $2.5 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop an automated system for large-scale synthesis of human neuroimaging data. is intended to be sort of a "Google of the brain" for researchers in cognitive neuroscience. Full Story >>