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Rutgers Professor of Philosophy and CogSci Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to Susanna Schellenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Cog Sci at RU, who has recently been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship! This prestigious grant is awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those "who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Currently, Schellenberg is working on a book on the neural basis of perception along with a project regarding biased algorithms in AI.




Pooja Kansagra, the new Cognitive Science Club President for 2020-2021!

Pooja shares some words on her new position as the Cognitive Science Club President: "I’m super excited
for the Cognitive Science Club this year - our incoming executive board members are extremely brilliant
and passionate about making this club grow even more. During quarantine, we’ve had online guest-speaker meetings and we have plans to continue to be active in the summer, something we’ve never done before! This school year, we have plans to not only have guest-speaker events, but also to host more pre-professional events with career/interview advice, free headshots, corporate trips, and resume critiquing!
We are so thrilled to plan our club’s future events and we welcome all students from any major."



RuCCS Affiliate, Victoria Abraira receives a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke KO1 for 1.22 Million over 5 years

A new technological framework for uncovering the neural systems important for recovery after spinal cord injury.


Abstract: Interventions that increase plasticity and regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) are improving, but little is known about the neural systems that would be most effective to target such interventions. Our work both identifies the neural cell types and synaptic mechanisms that would be most effective to target such interventions and establishes an artificial intelligence (AI)-based platform for fast, reliable and unbiased quantification of motor recovery. Our experimental scrutiny at both the neural and behavioral levels establishes a critical foundation for developing a prominent research program studying the spinal cord circuits important for sensorimotor function and recovery following SCI.


Abraira Lab

An Interview with David Vicario, Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Seeing the World Anew Through the Lens of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers

David Vicario was interviewed on how Social and Behavioral Science expanded his horizons and why students are drawn to the departments and programs within SBS.


Q: What are some of your priorities for the division?

A: I am interested in programs that will increase interaction among the departments and lead to interdisciplinary education opportunities. We have already been working to identify common themes. I would ultimately like to create an incentive structure for faculty to team teach in a way that exposes undergraduates to a rich array of perspectives on a single topic, such as inequality.

Read the interview transcription here

Elizabeth Torres, Associate Professor of Psychology, on Autism Diagnosis Test Improvements

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Read the journal by Torres, Richa Rai (Rutgers), Sejal Mistry (Rutgers), and Brenda Gupta (Montclair) here

Dr. Elizabeth Torres, associate professor of psychology in Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences, and director of The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence had an article about her notable research on the inadequacies of autism testing featured in Rutgers Today. See the full article for more information about the inconsistencies in a broadly used autism test.

“The ADOS [Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule] test informs and steers much of the science of autism, and it has done great work thus far... however, social interactions are much too complex and fast to be captured by the naked eye, particularly when the grader is biased to look for specific signs and to expect specific behaviors.”

The researchers suggest combining clinical observations with data from wearable biosensors, such as smartwatches, smartphones and other off-the-shelf technology. Autism researchers should aim for tests that capture the accelerated rate of change of neurodevelopment to help develop treatments that slow down the aging of the nervous system.