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Sandeep Prasada

Associate Professor
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Associate Member
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Office :
Room 506 Thomas Hunter Hall
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(212) 772-5677
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(212) 772-5620
Education :
  • B.S. (Psychology), McGill University, 1987
  • Ph.D. (Cognitive Science), MIT, 1992
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (Cognitive Science), University of Pennsylvania - Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), 1992-1994
Research Interest :

Sandeep Prasada is associate professor of Psychology at Hunter College and is a member of the Biopsychology and Linguistics Doctoral Programs at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests are in lexical and conceptual representation and development. He takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to research combining methods and insights from cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience and philosophy. Current research interests include: conceptual bases of generic knowledge and language, hierarchical representation in common sense conception, the normative dimension of common sense concepts, and formal characteristics of common sense concepts.

Selected Publications :
  • Prasada, S. (2010). Conceptual representations and some forms of genericity. In F.J. Pelletier, ed. Kinds, Things & Stuff. Oxford Univ. Press, NY.
  • Prasada, S., & Dillingham, E.M. (2009). Representation of principled connections: A window onto the formal aspect of common sense conception. Cognitive Science, 33, 401-448.
  • Prasada, S., Salajegheh, A., Bowles, A., & Poeppel, D. (2008). Characterizing kinds and instances of kinds: ERP reflections. Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 226-240.
  • Prasada, S. & Dillingham, E.M. (2006). Principled and statistical connections in common sense conception. Cognition, 99, 73-112.
  • Prasada, S. (2005). Being near the ceramic, but not the mug: On the role of construal in spatial language. To appear in L. A. Carlson & E. van der Zee (Eds.), Functional features in language and space: Insights from perception, categorization and development, pp205-218. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Prasada, S., Ferenz, K., & Haskell, T. (2002). Conceiving of entities as objects and stuff. Cognition, 83, 141-165.
  • Ferenz, K. & Prasada, S. (2002) Singular or plural? Children's knowledge of the factors that determine the appropriate form of count nouns. Journal of Child Language, 29, 49-70.
  • Prasada, S. (2000). Acquiring generic knowledge. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4, 66-72.
  • Prasada, S. (1999b). Names for things and stuff : An Aristotelian perspective. In R. Jackendoff, K.Wynn, and P. Bloom (Eds.), Language, Logic, and Conceptual Representation: Essays in honor of John Macnamara, pp 119-146, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.