Neil A. Stillings
Dean of Cognitive Science &
Phone: (413) 559-5513, or (413) 559-5502
Office: 100 ASH (Adele Simmons Hall)
Professor Stillings holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Amherst College. He has taught at Hampshire since 1971. His interests include learning, the visual system, music cognition, the foundations of cognitive science, and cognition and culture.
In his most recent research, funded by the National Science
Foundation, he studied how students learn to think conceptually in
college biology. The project was part of a long-standing research
interest in the development K-12 of students' scientific reasoning and
conceptions of the nature of science. He has also participated in
national efforts to bring research on cognition and learning to
education in chemistry and in the geosciences.
He has written and consulted widely on undergraduate cognitive science education. He is the first author and editor of the 1987 and 1995 editions of Cognitive Science: An Introduction (MIT Press). He has organized and run national workshops on teaching cognitive science for the Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Cognitive Science Society.
He is a co-founder of Hampshire's School of Cognitive Science and is currently serving his fourth term as Dean of the School. He is a co-founder and member of the steering committee of Hampshire's Culture, Brain, & Development Program. He has served as the faculty member of the College's Board ofTtrustees and as the chair of the Budget and Priorities and the Educational Policy Committees. He is a member of the University of Massachusetts graduate faculty.
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