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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).

2014-15 SOCS regular meetings are Wednesdays at 4pm in Psychology 228. Changes and cancellations are announced via SOCS Listserve announcements.

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2014-15 SOCS Officers
Alina Rahman,President
Hi, my name is Alina. This year I'm the president of SOCS. I am a senior majoring in Cognitive Science with a focus in Cognition. My passion for Cognitive Science originally stemmed from my interest in cultural Anthropology. I consider myself a "third-culture kid" because I grew up in several different countries around the globe. This fostered my curiosity toward human behavior which led to my interest in Cognition. With a degree in Cognitive Science, I hope to further investigate human mind and the forces that drive us as species, to evolve in the way that we have been, and will keep evolving. Additionally, I consider Cognitive Science to be the appropriate holistic and interdisciplinary approach to researching and understanding human beings. I am looking forward to discussing these and other topics with you in SOCS meetings!

Joyce Uland, Treasurer
I am a junior in the Cognitive Science program with minors in Psychology and Sociology. While not currently partaking in undergraduate research, I hope to join a lab where I can explore the social cognitive and social psychological sides of cognitive science. You'll often find me delivering a slab of sociological inquiry to a cognitive science debate, so I decided to pursue this inherent interest. Many years from now, I wish to effect educational reform by instituting scientific discoveries concerning the nature of human learning and educational practices.

Jack Zhang
Hello! My name is Jack Zhang and I am currently a Freshman majoring in Cognitive Science. The first half of my life was divided evenly between Fujian, China and New York City. That was a huge formative period in which I learned so much about the complexities of this world. That was when I first was enamored with large communities. My second half was in the quiet town of Greenwood, IN. Through the combination of those three, I have arrived at IU, a pretty perfect community for me. I discovered Cognitive Science about half a year ago; the study of the mind and its nature was absolutely fascinating in all of its facets. I liked it so much that I am also majoring in Philosophy (as well Political Science, I am also involved in student government!). Right now, I am happily situated within Jason Gold's Vision Lab, doing perceptually interesting research of my own, or at least attempting to.

SOCS members and seniors hard at work on mechanical puzzles from the Lilly Library Jerry Slocum collection, with Dr. Peter Todd's Senior Seminar class of Spring 2015 and Andrew Rhoda, the curator of puzzles.