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Perception

Perception is the process by which sensory cues are integrated to form a model of the world. Participating faculty come from Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, and the Biomedical and Health Sciences. Key research topics include computer vision, human psychophysics, visuomotor integration, philosophy of perception, and neuroscience. Collaborations among faculty and student researchers across this diverse array of topics and disciplines have contributed to the emergence of novel approaches, as well as to the formation of a stable and interactive community of perceptual scientists.

The interdisciplinary Perceptual Science Group was formally formed in 2006 with the support of an Integrative Graduate Education and Training Program (IGERT) from the National Science Foundation. The program supported more than 40 trainees, with graduates going on to careers in academics and industry. Perceptual Science integrates computational modeling and experiments across Psychology and Computer Science. It remains a major component of research and training at RuCCS, with frequent seminars and colloquia, as well as our annual Perceptual and Cognitive Science Forum.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to gain foundational training in both Computer Science and Psychology, and to embark on collaborative research across other areas. Opportunities are available for interdisciplinary team projects with fellow students by taking the novel course Integrative Methods in Perceptual Science, developed with support from NSF.

 

Affiliated Labs and Research Groups

 

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Cognitive Science Club

Cog Sci Club 2017-18 eBoard

What is Cognitive Science?

Your mind is incredibly complex. It can compute the precise amount of effort needed to pick up a glass, it can recall the lyrics to the Oscar Meyer hot dog song, and it can build a space shuttle. How does our mind compute and manipulate information so well? Researchers in cognitive science have often used the analogy that the mind is like a “computer” – it takes in input, processes the information, and finally gives some output, typically behavioral in nature.

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field that studies the mind and brain. Cognitive scientists draw ideas from several fields such as computer science, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. Each discipline contributes their unique expertise to reach a common goal.

The goal of cognitive science is to understand the code of the mind, focusing on how the mind represents and manipulates knowledge and how mental representations and processes are realized in the brain.

About the Club

The Cog Sci Club is a student organization that typically presents a forum of meetings related to Cognitive Science that bring together presenters and audience members from such fields of study as: Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, as well as anthropology, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics, biomathematics, communication, and engineering. Additionally, members meet in social gatherings to watch movies or attend special events. The club offers a free space to interact, engage, learn, and share ideas with like-minded peers and professionals from varying perspectives.

Cog Sci Club

Contact Information

To join or ask questions, email us at:  rutgerscognitivescienceclub@gmail.com, or contact the club President:

Club Officials

  • President - Ranga Tirumala
  • Vice President - Yoni Friedman
  • Event Planner - Adriann Lai
  • Secretary - Morgan McCabe
  • Treasurer - Rebecca Vidal
  • Community Service Chair - Jackie Kwon
  • Public Relations Officer - Jane Rothrock
  • Alumni Chair - Charles Rule

Spring 2018 Meetings

Starting January 22, 2018 meetings are every Monday at 8:30-9:30pm in Room A139 of the Psychology Building Annex (Busch) on the following dates (also listed on Facebook): 

There will be free pizza so we hope you will join us for food and conversation!

For information on upcoming meetings, please 'like' us on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RUCogSciClub

View the below calendar in a separate window

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Visitors

Special Visiting Research Undergraduate Students: (NOT MATRICULATED, NOT ENROLLED in CLASSES)

For J1 Visitors-In order to visit the Center for Cognitive Science, you are required to pay an Administration Fee of $1,500.  This fee covers administrative duties such as; the preparation of visas, approvals to audit undergraduate classes for education, and office space.

This administration fee is in addition to:

  1. The required Rutgers University SEVIS Administration Fee of $20/# of calendar months covered by the DS-2019  AND
  2. The one year request of $250.  If the one year request requires expedited visa processing there is a fee of $200 as well.
  3. Additionally, a late fee of $100 is required for:
    1. initial requests received within 6 weeks of the requested start date,
    2. extension requests received within 2 weeks of the requested start date
    3. transfers in to Rutgers’s J-1 program from another J-1 programs received within 2 weeks of the requested start date

Special Visiting Research Graduate Students/Research Scholars/Short Term Scholars:

For J1 VIsitors-In order to visit the Center for Cognitive Science, you are required to pay the following fees:

  1. The required Rutgers University SEVIS Administration Fee of $20/# of calendar months covered by the DS-2019  AND
  2. The one year request of $250.  If the one year request requires expedited visa processing there is a fee of $200 as well.
  3. Additionally, a late fee of $100 is required for:
    1. initial requests received within 6 weeks of the requested start date,
    2. extension requests received within 2 weeks of the requested start date
    3. transfers in to Rutgers’s J-1 program from another J-1 programs received within 2 weeks of the requested start date

Contacting RuCCS

Contact Information 

Phones: 848-445-1625, 848-445-6660, 848-445-0635
Fax: (732)-445-6715
Email: talks@ruccs.rutgers.edu
Location: Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) is located in the Psychology Building Addition on Busch Campus. See map
Mailing Address: Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS)
Center for Cognitive Science & Lab of Vision Research  
Psych Bldg Addition, Busch Campus  
Rutgers University - New Brunswick  
152 Frelinghuysen Road  
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020 

 

Directions to RuCCS:

From North:
Take the Parkway South to Exit 129 (440/287 North).
Stay on 287 North to Exit 9 (River Road/Bound Brook).
At end of exit ramp, make a left onto River Road and follow signs for Highland Park/Rutgers.
(Please note: If you take Exit 9 from 287 SOUTH, you must make a RIGHT at the end of the exit ramp!).
Follow River Road approximately 2 miles—at a traffic light turn left onto Hoes Lane.
Follow Hoes Lane until you come to a fork in the road and see a Busch Campus Sign.
Make a right onto Frelinghuysen Road (A golf course will be on your right).
Follow Frelinghuysen Road.  You will then see the Laboratory for Cancer Research on your left. 
Just after the Cancer Research Center, you will turn left into the second driveway (Lot 49—in front of the Psychology Building ).

—or—

Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9. At exit, take Route 18 North toward New Brunswick. 
Continue on Route 18 and stay left over a bridge (you’ll now be on the new Route 18). 
Take the Busch Campus/Stadium Exit (on right) and follow long exit ramp to roundabout (traffic circle) on campus. 
Merge right through roundabout and take the second turnoff onto Frelinghuysen Road. 
Continue on Frelinghuysen Road and directly past Allison Road intersection,
Make first right into Lot 49-52.

From South:
Parkway North to Exit 127 (440 South to 287 North). Follow directions above from 287 North.

—or—

Route 18 North past NJ Turnpike and Route 1 Exits—Follow above directions from NJ Turnpike.

From West:
Route 27 North to River Road (left at traffic light). At second traffic light, turn right onto the new Route
18. Follow above directions from Route 18

To obtain parking permit: make a right into the first driveway after Allison Road. 
Park (temporarily) in the driveway and then go to room "A"133 (Lynn Flannery) or "A"129 (Jo'Ann Meli) to get a parking permit.  

Enter the Psychology Building at the far right entrance - the new Addition to the Psychology Building (go around the cement ivy wall, down the stairs to your right into the building.  Once in the building, go down the stairs again.  

Maps: 

For a map of Busch Campus, click here
The Psychology Building Addition is the part adjacent to Allison Road, next to parking lot 49.