Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS)
Austin A. Baker
Austin is a philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in empirically informed philosophy of mind, social philosophy, and epistemology. Their research addresses social prejudice through the interdisciplinary lenses of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and law. Austin received their PhD in philosophy and Graduate Certificate in cognitive science from Rutgers in 2019. They are also affiliated with Chaz Firestone’s lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
Marta received her B.S. in Mathematics Education from Boston University in and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in numerical cognition, math learning, and problem solving. In her research, she tackles questions such as: How can we structure tasks to improve mathematical reasoning and problem-solving performance? How do learners know whether they have understood a math concept? How does linguistic experience influence mathematical problem solving?
Paul holds MSc degrees in Philosophy of Science (London School of Economics) and Cognitive and Decision Sciences (University College London) and in 2020 he received his PhD in Philosophy with Interdisciplinary Specialization in Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Ohio State University). His research focus is on cognition, rationality, and human origins. He has published on the nature of inference and his current work investigates cognitive biases and the evolution of human reasoning. The ultimate goal of his research is to advance an interdisciplinary understanding of human nature that can be usefully applied in real world settings such as conflict resolution and deliberative democracy initiatives.
Dr. Batmanian is an alumna of Rutgers University’s Cognitive Psychology program. She has returned to her intellectual home after spending half of her career in academic research and the other half in higher education administration. Currently, she is working on publications on the acquisition and processing of morphosytax of Turkish, an agglutinative language with flexible word order, by adult and child speakers of Turkish. She also plans to contribute to research on the processing and acquisition of English auxiliaries by second language learners, building on her postdoctoral work.
Post-Doc Affiliate, Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
Visual Cognition Lab Graduate
Computational modeling and empirical studies of perceptual grouping and inference.