MindCORE seeks to bring together faculty and researchers with diverse approaches to the study of the mind, from disciplines across the Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Business, Engineering, and others in order to stimulate and support interdisciplinary investigation in an effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. Central to this goal are the scholarly efforts of our affiliated faculty, post-docs, and graduate students with formal affiliates defined in two tracks, Faculty and Associates.

The benefits available to all of our affiliates include eligibility to apply to the MindCORE Activity Fund and for research support; research dissemination; networking and professional development events; conference and seminars. To become a MindCORE Faculty affiliate, please apply here.



Erol Akcay
Social evolution, evolution of behavior, evolutionary and ecological theory

Nick Betley
Uncovering the neural circuits and mechanisms that prioritize robust and adaptive responses to survival needs

Nancy Bonini
Using the fly Drosophila to study human neurodegenerative disease

Yun Ding
Understanding how genes and nervous systems evolve to encode novel behavioral patterns

Joshua B. Plotkin
Evolutionary theory, cooperation

Marc Schmidt
Using songbirds to study the neural bases of vocal production and sensorimotor integration



Danielle Bassett
The study of biological, physical, and social systems by using and developing tools from network science and complex systems theory

Konrad Kording
Data that matters, causality, uncertainty, deep learning, neurotech



Emily Falk
Taking an interdisciplinary communication neuroscience approach to link neural activity to behaviors at the individual, group and population levels

David Lydon-Staley
Studying moment-to-moment and day-to-day fluctuations in brain, behavior, and interpersonal and media environments to provide insight into substance use, emotion dynamics, and curiosity across the lifespan

Andy Tan
Aiming to advance communication science to achieve health equity



Chris Callison-Burch
Natural language processing, crowdsourcing

Sharath Chandra Guntuku
Predictive models for, and uncovering insight into, health outcomes and psychological states of individuals and communities

Danaë Metaxa
Bias and representation in algorithmic systems and content, focusing on high-stakes social settings like politics and employment, and in particular on the experiences of marginalized people

Lyle Ungar
Developing scalable machine learning and text mining methods for natural language, psychology, and medical research

Mark Yatskar
Natural language as a scaffold for visual intelligence; Understanding the role of human biases in machine learning



Adrian Raine
Neurobiology of antisocial behavior in children and adults



Jere Behrman
The determinants and impacts of human resources over the life cycle, particularly in developing countries

Etan Green
Expert judgment and decision making



Sharon Wolf
How children’s family and educational environments shape their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development, focusing on disadvantaged populations in the United States and in low-income countries



Nazli Bhatia
Negotiation, rhetorical strategies



Marlyse Baptista
Theoretical models of language contact & language emergenc

Robin Clark
Game theory, language dynamics

David Embick
Language and the brain

Jianjing Kuang
Phonetics, speech production and perception

Julie Anne Legate
Syntactic theory, syntax and morphology of endangered/understudied/typologically interesting languages, language acquisition

Mark Liberman
Speech, language, and communication

Anna Papafragou
Language acquisition and processing, meaning, communication

Gareth Roberts
Language evolution, language change, language variation, cultural evolution, experimental semiotics, social interaction

Katherine Schuler
Understanding how children learn languages (especially aspects of morphology and syntax) and why they are so much better than adults at doing it

Florian Schwarz
How people understand language in context

Meredith Tamminga
Language variation and change, sociolinguistic cognition, quantitative methods

Charles Yang
Language, computation, and cognitive science



John McCoy
Judgment and decision making, computational cognitive science, and crowd wisdom

Gideon Nave
Reverse-engineering the decision-making process in humans



Geoffrey K Aguirre
Translational vision science

Anjan Chatterjee
Spatial cognition and language, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics

John Detre
Using functional imaging methods to study brain function 

Kathryn A. Davis
Utilizing invasive neurophysiology and neuroimaging to better localize epileptic networks in medication refractory epilepsy patients

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia
Molecular basis or resilience and repair of neural circuits after traumatic brain injury

Jay Gottfried
Using multidisciplinary techniques to elucidate perception, learning, and memory through the lens of the olfactory system

Roy Hamilton
Noninvasive neuromodulation, neuroplasticity, language, treatment interventions for cognitive deficits

Brian Litt
Implantable brain devices to treat disease, epilepsy, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience

Corey McMillan
Biological and cognitive bases of neurodegenerative disease

Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton
Assessment and non-pharmacological intervention in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Donna Stephenson
Neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, learning disabilities, and developmental delay



Greg Corder
How does the brain construct the experience of pain?

John Dani
Mechanisms underlying learning, memory, mental disorders, and drug addiction mainly in rodent animal

Joshua Gold
Learning, arousal, and decision-making in the primate brain

Minghong Ma
How the brain perceives and responds to sensory stimuli in health and disease

Brian M. Salzberg
Development of optical tools for studying the brain, including voltage-sensitive dyes and light scattering

Robert Smith
How retinal circuitry processes visual signals



Michael Beauchamp
Neural mechanisms for multisensory integration and visual perception in humans


Brett Foster
Human cognitive neurophysiology



Steven O. Kimbrough
Computational decision models, whether from nature or artificial



Yale Cohen
Understanding the representation of auditory information in the cortex

Maria Geffen
Cortical mechanisms for auditory perception and learning



Cristina Bicchieri
Behavioral decision science, behavioral ethics, social norms

Gary Hatfield
Philosophy and psychology of visual perception; philosophy and history of psychology

Carlos Santana
Consulting conceptual engineer to the sciences

Daniel J. Singer
Using agent-based computer models to investigate how group agents (including group minds) are constituted by their individual constituents

Michael Weisberg
The construction, development, and analysis of theories and models in computationally complex sciences



Michelle Johnson
Robot-mediated rehabilitation; the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction



Vijay Balasubramanian
How natural systems manipulate and process information, producing new forms of self-organization

Philip Nelson

Arjun G. Yodh
Development and application of diffuse optical technologies for probing brain physiology



Nick Balderston
Psychophysiology, neuroimaging, neuromodulation for developing and testing brain-behavior hypotheses aimed at understanding the mechanisms that mediate clinical anxiety

Edward (“Ted”) Brodkin
Neurobiology of social behavior development; genomics of autism spectrum disorder; translational and treatment research on autism spectrum disorder

Lily Brown
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide Prevention

Matthew Hocking
Neurodevelopmental consequences of childhood cancer

Henry Kranzler
Genetics and pharmacogenetics of alcohol and drug use disorders

Desmond Oathes
Probing and modulating neural circuits contributing to affective illness using TMS/fMRI, behavior and psychophysiological measures

Iris Paltin
The late effects of pediatric cancer and CNS impacting diseases

Juhi Pandey
Early detection of autism spectrum disorders; brain behavior relationships; developmental trajectories of symptomatology

Ted Satterthwaite
Psychiatric and developmental neuroimaging

Hannah Schofield
Cognitive sequelae of oncology conditions and treatment (e.g., intrathecal chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants)

Yvette Sheline
Identify brain markers of depression and anxiety treatment response across disorders using structural and functional neuroimaging, and improve strategies for brain neuromodulation



Coren Apicella
Evolutionary origins of human social behavior

Jonathan Baron
Actively open-minded thinking, judgments concerning public policy

Sudeep Bhatia
Judgment and decision making, computational/cognitive modelling

David Brainard
Visual perception

Elizabeth M Brannon
Cognitive and neural bases of numerical cognition

Johannes Burge
Natural scene statistics, computational vision, depth perception;, motion perception

Delphine Dahan
Understanding the workings of the mind when people use language to communicate

Rob DeRubeis
Applications of predictions from linear models and machine learning to precision mental health

Angela Duckworth
Research focuses on two traits that predict achievement: grit and self-control

Russell Epstein
Neural mechanisms underlying high-level vision and spatial navigation

Martha Farah
The interface of neuroscience and society

Lori Flanagan-Cato
Neuroscience as a gateway in STEM outreach

Geoff Goodwin
Moral judgment, social cognition, and thinking

Michael Kahana
Human memory and its neural mechanisms: especially episodic memory, spatial memory, and recognition memory

Joseph Kable
Understanding how people make decisions, and to trace out the psychological and neural mechanisms of choice

Adrianna Jenkins
Human social cognition and its relationship to other cognitive systems; psychological and neural mechanisms of flexible human social behavior

Allyson Mackey
Human brain plasticity and development, learning

Barbara Mellers
Judgment and decision making, perceptions of fairness, effects of emotions on choice, contextual effects and response mode effects

Michael Platt
Animal learning and behavior, control of action, decision processes, individual differences and behavior genetics

Ayelet Meron Ruscio
Advance understanding of anxiety and depression by investigating their relationship to one another and to normal emotional experiences

Nicole Rust
Understanding the neural basis of visual memory

Martin Seligman
Prospection and positive psychology

Robert Seyfarth
Animal behavior and cognition

Saul Sternberg
Reaction time methods and models; visual encoding and retrieval; timing; perception of time, temporal order; movement sequence production (speech, typing); memory search; process decomposition

Alan Stocker
Information processing in the brain

Daniel Swingley
Language learning, experiments with infants and toddlers, models of perceptual category learning, phonetics of child-directed speech, word learning in infants and children

Philip Tetlock
Political cognition

Sharon Thompson-Schill
Biological bases of human cognitive systems – perception, memory, language, thought, cognitive control – and the interrelations among these systems

John Trueswell
Word learning, grammar learning, and real-time language comprehension

Rebecca Waller
The developmental origins of antisocial behavior, including the neural processes underlying risk for aggression, callousness, and substance use


Donovan Schaefer
Affect theory, role of emotion in knowledge production



Desmond Patton
Impact of social media on well-being, mental health, trauma, violence and grief for youth and adults of color