Face Camp
Dr. Jim Tanaka (right) and Callie (camp staff, on left) with participants of the annual summer Face Camp for children on the autism spectrum

National Science of Learning Team

The center is organized as a network of networks to focus on four major aspects of learning: sensori-motor learning; interactive memory systems; perceptual expertise; and social interaction systems related to learning. Each network is composed of multiple principal investigators, often from different institutions. These communities of scientists break down disciplinary and institutional barriers in pursuit of a common set of research questions. 


Interacting Memory Systems Network

Andrea Chiba (Network Co-Leader): Professor of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Robert Clark (Network Co-Leader): Professor, Psychology, UC San Diego
György Buzsáki: Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU Neuroscience Institute
Jeff Elman (Affiliate Member): Professor, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Fred Gage: Professor, Laboratory for Genetics, Salk
Ken Harris (SMN): Professor of Quantitative Neuroscience, UC London
Michael Mozer (SMN): Professor, Cognitive Science & Computer Science, University of Colorado
Randy O'Reilly (Affiliate Member): Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado
Hal Pashler: Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UC San Diego
Larry Squire: Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego
Paula Tallal: Professor Emerita, Rutgers University - Newark
Janet Wiles: Professor, Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
Todd Coleman (Affiliate Member): Professor, Bioengineering, UC San Diego


Perceptual Expertise Network

Isabel Gauthier (Network Co-Leader): Professor, Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Thomas Palmeri (Network Co-Leader): Professor, Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Marlene Behrmann: Professor, Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
Daniel Bub: Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria
Garrison Cottrell: Professor of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Tim Curran: Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado
Robert Schultz: Director of the Center for Autism Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
David Sheinberg: Professor, Neuroscience, Brown University
Jim Tanaka: Professor, Psychology, University of Victoria
Michael Tarr: Professor, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Angela Yu (Affiliate Member): Professor, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego


Sensorimotor Network

Virginia de Sa (Network Leader)
Tony Bell: Department of Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
April Benasich (IMSN): Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Rutgers University - Newark
Yang Dan: Professor, Neurobiology, UC Berkeley
Dan Feldman: Professor of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley
Eddie Mercado: Professor, Psychology, University of Buffalo
Paul Munro: Professor, Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Mu-Ming Poo: Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley
Terrence Sejnowski: Professor and Laboratory Head, Francis Crick Chair, Salk Institute
Paula Tallal (SMN) (IMSN): Professor Emerita, Rutgers University - Newark
Emanuel Todorov: Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington


Social Interaction Network

Deborah Forster (Network Leader): Asst. Project Scientist, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Gedeon Deak (IMS): Professor, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Terry Jernigan: Professor, Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Scott Makeig (Affiliate Member, SMN): Research Scientist, Director, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN), UCSD
Judy Reilly: Professor, Psychology, San Diego State University
Zewelanji Serpell: Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Paula Tallal (SMN) (IMSN): Professor Emerita, Rutgers University - Newark