TR-1 Alan Prince 
In Defense of the Number i : Anatomy of a Linear Dynamical Model of Linguistic Generalizations (PDF) 
TR-2 Alan Prince & Paul Smolensky
Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar (PDF)
TR-3 John McCarthy & Alan Prince
Prosodic Morphology I: Constraint Interaction and Satisfaction (PDF)
TR-4 Jane Grimshaw
Minimal Projection, Heads, and Optimality (PDF)
TR-5 Stephen Stich & Ian Ravenscroft
What is Folk Psychology? (PDF)
TR-6 Jacob Feldman
Perceptual Categories and World Regularities (PDF)
TR-7 John McCarthy & Alan Prince
Generalized Alignment (PDF)
TR-8 Zenon Pylyshyn
Some Primitive Mechanisms underlying Spatial Attention (PDF)
TR-9 Stephen Stich & Stephen Laurence
Intentionality & Naturalism (PDF)
TR-10 Alan Leslie
Pretending and Believing: Issues in the theory of ToMM (PDF)
TR-11 Stephen Stich & Shaun Nichols
Second Thoughts on Simulation (PDF)
TR-12 Alan Leslie
A Theory of Agency (PDF)
TR-13 Jerry Fodor
Concepts: A Tutorial Introduction
TR-14 Sven Dickinson & Dimitri Metaxas
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Shape Recovery (PDF)
TR-15 David Wilkes, Sven Dickinson & John Tsotsos
A Computational Model of View Degeneracy and its Application to Active Focal Length Control (PDF)
TR-16 Alan Leslie & Tim German
Knowledge and ability in "theory of mind": One-eyed overview of a debate (PDF) 
TR-17 Jerry Fodor & Ernie Lepore
The Red Herring and the Pet Fish; Why Concepts Still Can't be Prototypes (PDF)
TR-18 Suzanne Stevenson
A Competitive Attachment Model for Resolving Syntactic Ambiguities in Natural Language Parsing (PDF)
TR-19 Jerry Fodor & Ernie Lepore
What Can't be Evaluated, Can't Be Evaluated; and It Can't Be Supervalued Either (PDF)
TR-20 Ehud Rivlin, Sven Dickinson & Azriel Rosenfeld
Recognition by Functional Parts (PDF)
TR-21 Jacob Feldman 
Regularity-based Perceptual Grouping (PDF)
TR-22 Jacquelyn Burkell & Zenon Pylyshyn
Searching through selected subsets of visual displays: A test of the FINST Indexing Hypothesis (PDF)
TR-23 Ilona Kovacs
Gestalten of today: Early processing of visual contours and surfaces (PDF)
TR-24 Suzanne Stevenson & Paola Merlo
Lexical Structure and Processing Complexity (PDF)
TR-25 Paola Merlo & Suzanne Stevenson
Integrating Statistical and Structural Information in a Distributed Architecture for Syntactic Disambiguation (PDF)
TR-26 Sven Dickinson, Henrik Christensen, John Tsotsos & Goran Olofsson
Active Object Recognition Integrating Attention and Viewpoint Control (PDF)
TR-27 Jerry Fodor & Ernie Lepore
The Emptiness of the Lexicon: Critical Reflections on J. Pustejovsky's "The Generative Lexicon" (PDF)
TR-28 Sven Dickinson, Dimitri Metaxas & Alex Pentland
The Role of Model-Based Segmentation in the Recovery of Volumetric Parts from Range Data (PDF)
TR-29 Sven Dickinson, Robert Bergevin, Irving Biederman, Jan-Olof Eklundh, Roger Munck-Fairwood, Anil K. Jain & Alex Pentland
Panel Report: The Potential of Geons for Generic 3-D Object Recognition (PDF)
TR-30 Sven Dickinson & Dimitri Metaxas
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Object Representations in the Recovery and Tracking of 3-D Shape (PDF)
TR-31 Alan Prince
Gradient Ascent in a Linear Inhibitory Network (PDF) 
TR-32 John McCarthy & Alan Prince
Prosodic Morphology 1986 (PDF)
TR-33 Ilona Kovács, Ákos Fehér & Bela Julesz
Medial-point Description of Shape: A Representation for Action Coding and its Psychophysical Correlates (PDF)
TR-34 Jerry Fodor & Ernie Lepore
Morphemes matter; the continuing case against lexical decomposition (Or: Please don't play that again, Sam)* (PDF)
TR-35 Thomas Papathomas & Andrei Gorea & Ákos Fehér & Tiffany Conway
Attention Based Texture Segregation (PDF)
TR-36 Ali Shokoufandeh & Ivan Marsic & Sven Dickinson
View-Based Object Recognition Using Saliency Maps (PDF)
TR-37 Sven Dickinson & Dimitri Metaxas
Using Aspect Graphs to Control the Recovery and Tracking of Deformable Model (PDF)
TR-38 Zenon Pylyshyn
Is Vision Continuous with Cognition? -- The Case for Cognitive Impenetrability of Visual Perception (PDF)
TR-39 Ali Shokoufandeh & Kaleem Siddiqi & Steven Zucker & Sven Dickinson
Shock Graphs and Shape Matching (PDF)
TR-40 Brian Scholl & Zenon Pylyshyn
Tracking Multiple Items Through Occlusion: Clues to Visual Objecthood (PDF)
TR-41 Patrice Tremoulet
Individuation and Identification of Physical Objects: Evidence From Human Infants (PDF)
TR-42 Jacob Feldman
The Role of Objects in Perceptual Grouping (PDF)
TR-43 Ernest Lepore & Kirk Ludwig
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Complex Demonstratives (PDF)
TR-44  Matthew Stone
Modality in Dialogue: Planning, Pragmatics, and Computation (PDF)
TR-45 Shaun Nichols & Stephen Stich
A Cognitive Theory of Pretense (PDF)
TR-46 Jerry Fodor & Ernest Lepore
All At Sea in Semantic Space: Churchland on Meaning Similarity (PDF)
TR-47  Jerry Fodor & Ernest Lepore
Why Compositionality Won't Go Away: Reflections on Horwich's "Deflationary" Theory (PDF)
TR-48  Doug DeCarlo
Generation, Estimation and Tracking of Faces (PDF)
TR-49 Matthew Stone
Reference to Possible Worlds (PDF)
TR-50 Shaun Nichols & Stephen Stich
Reading One's Own Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Self Awareness (PDF)
TR-51 Doug DeCarlo & Dimitris Metaxas
Adjusting Model Parameters using Model- Based Optical Flow Residuals (PDF)
TR-52 Christopher R. Sears & Zenon W. Pylyshyn 
Multiple Object Tracking and Attentional Processing (PDF)
TR-53 Zenon W. Pylyshyn
Connecting Vision with the World: Tracing the Missing Link (PDF)
TR-54 Alan Prince & Bruce Tesar
Learning Phonotactic Distributions (PDF)
TR-55 Matthew Stone
First-order Multi-Modal Deduction (PDF)
TR-56 Matthew Stone
Indefinite Information in Modal Logic Programming (PDF)
TR-57 Vieri Samek-Lodovici & Alan Prince
Optima (PDF)
TR-58 Bruce Tesar
Using Inconsistency Detection to Overcome Structural Ambiguity in Language Learning (PDF)
TR-59 Luca Surian & Alan M. Leslie
Competence and Performance in false belief understanding: A Comparison of autistic and normal three-year-old children. (PDF)
TR-60 Alan M. Leslie
How to acquire a 'representational theory of mind'. (PDF)
TR-61 Alan M. Leslie
Theory of mind 'as a mechanism of selective attention. (PDF)
TR-62 Alan M. Leslie, Patrice D. Tremoulet, Fei Xu & Brian J. Scholl
Indexing and the object concept: Developing 'what' and 'where' systems. (PDF)
TR-63 Alan M. Leslie & Pamela Polizzi
Inhibitory processing in the false belief task: Two conjectures. (PDF)
TR-64 Alan M. Leslie & Brian J. Scholl
Modularity, Development, and 'Theory of Mind'. (PDF)
TR-65 Matthew Stone, Christine Doran, Bonnie Weber, Tonia Bleam, Martha Palmer
Microplanning with Communicative Intentions: The SPUD System (PDF)
TR-66 Jacob Feldman
A Catalog of Boolean Concepts (PDF)
TR-67 Rochel Gelman
Cognitive Development (PDF)
TR-68 Matthew Stone, Jennifer J. Venditti, Preetham Nanda, Paul Tepper
Toward an account of accented pronoun interpretation in discourse context: Evidence from eye-tracking (PDF)
TR-69 Ernie Lepore, Kent Johnson
Does Syntax Reveal Semantics? A Case Study of Complex Demonstratives (PDF)
TR-70 Ernie Lepore, Herman Cappelen
Radical and Moderate Pragmatics: Does Meaning Determine Truth Conditions? (PDF)
TR-71 Vieri Samek-Lodovici and Alan Prince
Fundamental Properties of Harmonic Bounding (PDF)
TR-72 John Alderete, Bruce Tesar
Learning Covert Phonological Interaction: An Analysis of the Problem Posed by the Interaction of Stress and Epenthesis (PDF)
TR-73 Jacob Feldman, Manish Singh
Information Along Contours and Object Boundaries (PDF)
TR-74 Jacob Feldman & Patrice D. Tremoulet
Individuation of visual objects over time (PDF)
TR-75 Jerry Fodor & Ernie Lepore
Context & Compositionality (PDF)
TR-76 Karin Stromswold and Ellyn Sheffield
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Noise & Language Development (PDF)
TR-77 Karin Stromswold
Why aren't identical twins linguistically identical? Genetic, prenatal, and postnatal factors. (PDF)
TR-78 Karin Stromswold
Genetic Specificity of Linguistic Heritability. (PDF)
TR-79 Karin Stromswold
The Nature and Acquisition of Lexical and Functional Categories. (PDF)
Note: TR#79 is dated 1994 and pre-dates some of the above TR's.
TR-80 Jacob Feldman
Bayes and the Simplicity Principle in Perception. (PDF)
TR-81 Karin Stromswold
Genetics and the Evolution of Language: What genetic studies reveal about the evolution of language. (PDF)
TR-82 Karin Stromswold
Biological and Psychosocial Factors Affect Linguistic and Cognitive Development Differently: A Twin Study. (PDF)
TR-83 Karin Stromswold
The Validity of the Parent Administered Language (PAL) Test for Preschool-Aged Children (PDF)
TR-84 Karin Stromswold, Ellyn Sheffield, Debra Truit, and Diane Molnar
Parents Can Test Preschool Children's Language: the Parent-Administered Language (PAL) (PDF)
TR-85 Karin Stromswold
Why Children Understand and Misunderstand Sentences: An Eye-tracking Study of Passive Sentences (PDF)
TR-86 Karin Stromswold
Glucocorticosteroids selectively impair language development (PDF)
TR-87 Jacob Feldman & Patrice D. Tremoulet
The Attribution of Mental Architecture from Motion: Towards a Computational Theory (PDF)
TR-88 Choon-Kyu Lee & Karin Stromswold
Relative-clause processing in Korean adults: Effects of constituent order and prosody. (PDF)
TR-89 Nora Isacoff & Karin Stromswold
Lions And Tigers And Bears: Are They Merely Mammals Or Really Scary? (PDF)
TR-90 Nora Isacoff & Karin Stromswold
Not All Verbal Fluency Tasks Are Created Equal: Lexical Access from 3 to 5 (PDF)

At the present time the principal contributing disciplines are psychology, computer science, linguistics and philosophy, although at Rutgers there are individuals with strong interests in cognitive science located in a variety of departments -- perhaps a greater range of academic departments than is typical of the field at large. For example, the department of biomedical engineering and the CAIP Center (Computer Aids for Industrial Productivity) have special strength in the area of computational and biological perception and speech recognition. Several groups in the mathematics and electrical engineering departments have strong interests in aspects of computational architecture and neural networks, as do, of course, the neuroscience researchers in the center for behavioral and neural sciences. Click on any discipline below to visit its site.

The study of learning and conceptual change at Rutgers ranges across disciplines—computer science, lingusitics, psychology and philosophy—and levels of analysis—the molecular, cellular, behavioral, and computational. Work in the different disciplines and at the different levels of analysis is integrated by a shared concern for the questions of domain specificity and initial data representations. The first question concerns the interplay between learning mechanisms tailored to particular learning problems (for example, learning language, or learning spatial layouts) and learning mechanisms that operate without regard to the structure of the material to be learned (for example, associative learning mechanisms). The second question focuses on the problem of choosing an initial representation of experience that facilitates the development of a more economical and effective representation as more experience is gained. The problem of the learner's initial representation is central to language learning, to the success or failure of many machine learning algorithms, and to the ability of many animals to extract from their experience a representation of the temporal and spatial structure of their environment.

Several labs at Rutgers pursue research on learning at the neurobiological level: Randy Gallistel (Psychology), Louis Matzel (Psychology), Tim Otto (Psychology), Tracey Shors (Psychology), Gleb Shumyatsky (Molecular Genetics), Mark West (Psychology). These labs combine the behavioral level of analysis with electrophysiological, anatomical, and molecular levels of analysis.

Issues in the learning of language promote interaction between another large group of cognitive scientists at Rutgers : Mark Baker, Jerry Fodor, Lila Gleitman, Rochel Gelman, Alvin Goldman, Jane Grimshaw, Ernie Lepore, Alan Prince, Steve Stich, Karin StromswoldKrysten Syrett and Bruce Tesar.

Concept learning is studied both experimentally (Jacob Feldman's, Alan Leslie, Rochel Gelman) and from a formal and philosophical perspective (Jerry Fodor, Ernie Lepore, Alvin Goldman). Within this group, there are cross-laboratory focii on the learning of numerical concepts, the distinction between the living and non-living (animacy), and the emergence of a theory of mind (intentionality).

RuCCS is well-known for its commitment to developmental cognitive science. We believe that development is not itself a distinct topic area, but rather that developmental questions are central to every topic area in cognitive science. This is reflected in the interests of the core RuCCS faculty listed below.

We have two core labs that are devoted to the study of cognitive development, Rochel Gelman's Cognitive Development and Learning Lab and Alan Leslie's Cognitive Development Lab. Both labs are equipped for work with young children and infants. The development of vision is also studied in the Kowler lab. Both the Musolino and Stromswold labs focus on the acquisition of language. All of these labs are in the same building as RuCCS.

The acquisition of concepts is a long-standing and active interest of philosopher, Jerry Fodor. Lila Gleitman studies the acquisition of syntax and is a visiting professor at RuCCS each fall term. We have a number of linguists with strong interests in universal grammar and learnability, including Alan Prince, Jane Grimshaw, Mark Baker, and Bruce Tesar.

Core faculty with developmental interests:

  • Jerry Fodor (Philosophy and RuCCS)
  • Rochel Gelman (Psychology and RuCCS) 
  • Lila Gleitman (U. Penn, Psychology and RuCCS) 
  • Eileen Kowler (Psychology and RuCCS) 
  • Alan Leslie (Psychology and RuCCS) 
  • Julien Musolino (Psychology and RuCCS) 
  • Karin Stromswold (Psychology and RuCCS)
  • Kristen Syrett (Linguistics and RuCCS)

A number of RuCCS affiliates also have labs devoted to the study of development (see List of Affiliates).

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