George S. Cree

Associate Professor of Psychology

University of Toronto Scarborough


Chair, UTSC Department of Psychology (2013-18)



Office: SW427H



Office Hours: by appointment.


Research Interests:

Cognitive Science

Knowledge Representation

Semantic Memory


Research: I'm interested in how the brain gives rise to the mind. I tackle this from the viewpoint of a cognitive scientist, with the goal being to understand the mind well enough that we can implement it as a computer program. I like modeling frameworks that integrate the constraints of neurobiology, hence my current research combines embodied approaches to cognition with the methods of computational cognitive neuroscience.


One aspect of this larger problem that really interests me is how the brain infuses sensory input with meaning. In other words, how do we acquire knowledge, how do we ŌunderstandÕ, and how do we use that knowledge to accomplish our goals. My past research in this area has focused on how we compute the meanings of words. I've focused on words mainly because they are relatively easy to control when used as stimuli, and are richly infused with meaning. But more generally, I'm interested in how all knowledge is acquired, represented, and computed.



Research Opportunities:


Graduate: I will be accepting graduate students for this SeptemberÕs incoming class. Please feel free to contact me to discuss current research directions.


Undergraduate: I regularly accept undergraduate students for PSYC90 and PSYD98 projects that use lab-based cognitive science methods. Contact me if you are interested in learning more. P.s.: I highly recommend that you read some of my articles first.





I wonÕt be teaching while IÕm chair of the psychology department (2013-18). I should be returning to regular undergraduate teaching at UTSC and graduate teaching at UofT in 2020 (I have some sabbatical time after my term as chair). However, I do occasionally teach a D-level seminar course in the summer term at UTSC, so check ROSI if you are interested.



Contact Info:


Office: SW427H

Office Phone: 1 (416) 208-2673

Department Fax: 1 (416) 287-7642



Mailing Address:

George Cree

Department of Psychology

University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada

M1C 1A4