Welcome to the website for the Communicative Mind Laboratory (Co-Mind) in the Department of Communication at UCLA. Co-Mind's research is on how human cognition and communication support each other. We study how individuals interact in small groups, such as in perspective-taking and conversation. We also study how these processes come together in larger groups, such as in social media. A general goal of our research is to uncover how cognition and communication work together in time, using techniques inspired by dynamical systems theory. The lab's research involves a diversity of methods, including corpus and large-scale data analysis, behavioral experimentation, and computational modeling. We are located in UCLA's Rolfe Hall and the Luskin Commons. See some core readings here for example projects.
Sample research: Dynamics of massive social-media attention to 2012 presidential debates. Click here to read our 2015 paper, led by collaborator at the U. of Aarhus, Prof. Riccardo Fusaroli.
Recent new tools: Google Glass to measure behavioral dynamics during interaction. Click here to read our 2017 paper, led by former lab member, now postdoc at UC Berkeley, Dr. Alexandra Paxton. See our methods paper describing the technique.
Fresh theoretical paper: How do we weave many behaviors into a coherent linguistic performance? We explore reservoir computing as a computational basis for understanding this complex multiscale aspect of language and communication in a recent theoretical paper.
Cognitive methods for political cognition: Can we use mental process tracking to discern the influence of political conspiracies? We test this idea in a recent paper by analyzing the dynamic behavior of hundreds of participants, led by former lab member Dr. Nick Duran (Arizona State).