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>George A. Miller Sr. Thesis Prize

The George A. Miller Prize is given annually to the best interdisciplinary senior thesis in cognitive science.  The prize is funded by the Office of the Dean of the College.  Nominations for this prize may be made by any senior thesis advisor.  You may find a list of past prize winners below.  If you would like to nominate a student's thesis for this prize, please provide a copy of the senior thesis, copies of both readers' comments, and a short note explaining the nomination to Prof. Michael Graziano (

Annual Winners of the George A. Miller Prize for the Best Interdisciplinary Senior Thesis in Cognitive Science

1987: Benjamin O. Martin. Comparing a simulation to an experiment: Some observations concerning methodology in cognitive science.

1988: Two winners. (1) Jocelyn K. Tyras. Null subjects, children, and parameters: Do we really need a null subject parameter? (2) Robert N. Bernard. Writing stories about a main character.

1989: Marsha C. Lovett. Retrieval in analogical problem solving of graph theoretic algorithms.

1990: William A. Cohen. Cognitive and motivational consequences of discovery learning.

1991: Anthony V. Bastardi. Inferring preferences: some implications for avoiding decisional conflict.

1992: Howard Neurthaler. Moral judgments and the compatibility principle.

1993: Leora Feigenblum. Acquisition of functional categories: a longitudinal study of child speech.

1994: Dario Salvucci. Intelligent tutor for algebra.

1995: Douglas L. T. Rohde. Modeling the dual-pathway system for practice-related verbal associative learning.

1996: Bryan Duff. Situating metonymic reference within a language processing model.

1997: Shima C. Sokol, The effects of orthography on information processing in Japanese, Chinese and English.

1998: Mark Edward Johns, A mental model theory of Wason's THOG problem

1999: Peter Bach-y-Rita, What it takes to have something in mind

2000: Tina L. Lai, The cognitive basis of lucid dreaming: individual differences in attention and control

2001: Andrew Shtulman, Intuitive evolution: are we predisposed to misunderstand Darwinism?

2002: Elizabeth Cameron Kellogg, From the hands of babes: applying language acquisition theories to American sign language

2003: Sharon Fox, Caravaggio in a new light: theories of light in his paintings and the scientific basis for its emotive effects.

2004: Mark Rogerson, Blindsearch? Dissociation and integration of dorsal stream processing in visual search.

2005: Allison Barnes, Through the Looking Glass: Irrational Preference Reversals in Different Evaluation Modes.

2006: James F. Niemasik, Dynamic Online Learning in a Hierarchical Graphical Model of Cortex.

2007: Anouk Schneider, VAMP (Voting Agent Model of Preferences): A Computational Model of Individual Decision-Making that Applies Voting Geometry to Multialternative Choice.

2008: Erin Gottschalk, Construction Learning and Representation: How Construction Knowledge ‘Appears’ in the Brain

2009: Olivia Eunkyoo Kang, Frustrated Expectation: Anticipation's Role in Music and Pleasure

2010: Kaitien Pan Boucher, Type Frequency and Competition in Morphological Paradigm Gaps

2011: Two winners. (1) Alana Tovah D'Alfonso, Seeing the Meaning: Higher-Order Neuroplastic Changes in the Time Scale of Processing within Early Visual Areas in the Congenitally Blind; (2) Vivian Andrea DeWoskin, Representation Learning and Selective Attention: A Computational and Neuroimaging Investigation

2012: David J. Capra, Translating Twitter: How to Understand 140 Characters

2013: Daniel Toker, Time, Consciousness, and information.

2014: Alicia Fenley, Marmoset Infant Vocal Development: Investigating Continuity and Parent-Mediated Vocal Learning