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The Student Organization for Cognitive Science (SOCS) is a fun way to participate in stimulating cognitive science-related activities with great people. Activities include weekly discussions about relevant and interesting topics, dinners with esteemed IU professors, lab tours, movie nights, and guest lectures (with, of course, plenty of food at each event).

Fall 2016 meetings: every Tuesday 6:30 PM-7:30 PM, Psychology 128

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2016-17 SOCS Officers
  • Catherine Xu, President
    Hi everyone! I'm Cat, a sophomore in Cognitive Science and the Liberal Arts and Management Program. I was first introduced to cognitive science on a walk with a professor who mentioned this cool and interdisciplinary field. At the time, I couldn't decide on a major, so I thought, "Hey, this seems like a good way to try new things." Sometime during my first year here, I realized that I wasn't just studying psychology and philosophy and computer science; I was learning how to use several different frameworks to unravel "the mind," which is the greatest mystery of all. Now, I feel like I've found an academic home in cogsci, am enjoying working in the labs of Dr. Colin Allen and Dr. Mary Murphy, and am excited to serve as SOCS president this year!
  • Mac Vogelsang, Co-President
    I am a sophomore studying cognitive science and computer science. I enjoy both fields. The creativity and problem solving that computer science allows is exhilarating while cognitive science lets me explore and research so many fascinating topics of the mind. I've been working in Dr. Tom Busey's lab for the past 3 years now and am able to intersect the two disciplines by designing and programming experiments relating to fingerprint analysis. We work closely with the FBI and other forensic agencies to improve the accuracy of fingerprint comparisons. In my free time I do lots of web developing, biking, and music listening. My goal right now is to go to a grauate school and study artificial intelligence. SOCS is such a fun experience and is a great way to network with other students and faculty in our excellent cognitive science program.
  • Alvaro Michael, Treasurer
    Currently I am a sophomore pursuing computer science with a specialization in Intelligent Systems. I would like some day to upload my mind into an artificial brain. Meanwhile in reality, I will begin assisting Professor Tom Schoenemann and his graduate students in studying evolutionary cognition, such as the evolution of Brodmann's area and the relationship between language and stone tool development. I got interested in working with Professor Schoenemann after he came to speak at SOCS last semester. I am excited to be the new treasurer and learn about managing money.

SOCS Photos

  • Big thanks to our alum Winter Mason, PhD'2009, currently at Facebook, for a great talk with our COGS students about his amazing work experience.
  • Big thanks SOCS and Dr. Peter Todd and Dr. Josh Brown, and Saptarshi Sinha with his robot- pets for helping to make the Major Expo a great event this year!.
  • On April 5th, 2016, SOCS participants listen to Dr. Thomas Schoenemann’s presentation on primate brains and using of tools. Professor Schoenemann’s research focuses on coevolution of the brain and behavior.
  • Several SOCS members brought “I Am a Strange Loop” book to sign by the author, Dr. Hofstadter to dinner on April12, 2016. Dr. Hofstadter talked about word analogies and caricature analogies and how we create them. He signed the books each with a unique “doodle”, to prove that humans are never identical in their creativity.