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Assistant Professor of Communication and Cognitive Science, University of California, Davis

Richard Huskey (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California Davis. Dr. Huskey is the principal investigator in the Cognitive Communication Science Lab, a researcher in the Computational Communication Research Lab, an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Mind and Brain, an affiliated faculty member in the Designated Emphasis in Computational Social Science, and Vice Chair of the International Communication Association Communication Science and Biology interest group.

Research Focus
Dr. Huskey studies how motivation influences the attitudes people hold, and the behaviors they adopt. He researches these questions using a variety of methodological techniques including: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational methods, and lab-based experiments. To learn more about Dr. Huskey, and his research, visit the Cognitive Communication Science Lab website.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Communication, University of California, Davis
  • 2016–2019
    Assistant Professor of Communication, The Ohio State University


  • 2016 
    University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD in Communication