About

Welcome to the website for the Communicative Mind Laboratory (Co-Mind) in the Department of Communication at UCLA. We conduct research on the cognitive science of communication. Our focus is on dynamics — how communication and cognition are coordinated in time. 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 Rolfe Hall.

Recent research
Investigating the complexity of communication.

Try to pay attention to yourself when you talk. You do many things. Some of your behaviors are quick, such as subtle movements of your eyes. Some are slower, such as managing topic of conversation. How do you weave such complex, multimodal performances? You must coordinate many verbal and nonverbal behaviors. In mere seconds of language use, your mind actually coordinates many of these behaviors simultaneously. Are there statistical patterns that indicate how this integration takes place? What kind of computer models might help us to understand this complex integration? Is this multimodality critical to your ability to communicate? How does this coordination adapt to conflict or deception or other contexts?