What is SOCS?



The Student Organization for Cognitive Science (SOCS) aims to provide a community for burgeoning Cognitive Science students at Indiana University. We meet weekly for pizza and discussion, in addition to organizing special events, including:

  • Professor Dinners
  • Movie Nights
  • Informal Q&A Sessions with Visiting Scholars
  • TED Parties

Please check our events page for a constantly updated calendar of SOCS activities and Cognitive Science Program colloquia and lectures.

The Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference (MUCSC) is an annual undergraduate conference organized and sponsored by SOCS. Currently in its 4th year, the conference has built a reputation throughout the region and has attracted young scholars from several midwestern universities. Previous keynote speakers include Douglas Hofstadter, Larry Yaeger, and Edward Castroneves. This year's conference is scheduled for April 14, 2013 and the keynote will be given by Melanie Mitchell, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University. For more information, see the MUCSC site.

iCogSci is an online resource for undergraduate Cognitive Science students and features the Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science. SOCS members are highly encouraged to participate in the journal review process and to contribute in whatever ways possible.


SOCS members explore the cognitive effects of meditation at the most recent meeting.

E-mail List

To subscribe to our mailing list, please send a blank message socs-l-subscribe@indiana.edu. We also recommend you subscribe to Cognoscente, the departmental mailing list, by sending "subscribe cognoscente" to listserv@indiana.edu