Department of Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is the transdisciplinary study of the human mind. The Department of Cognitive Science at CWRU is unique in its focus on human higher-order cognition, in particular our remarkably sophisticated capacities for creativity, innovation, communication, and social cognition.

Research emphases include the workings of the human mind in multimodal communication, design, art, and technology, the origins of human higher-order cognition, interaction of brain and culture in development and evolution, the role of the body and social interaction in shaping human cognition, and the operation of systems that human beings have invented to guide their thought and action individually and culturally.

The Department of Cognitive Science at CWRU makes use of the traditional methods of linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, biology, and anthropology along with new, integrated methods that have been invented within cognitive science over the last several years.


How many cognitive scientists can you fit in a dining room?

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

Quite a few! See photos of students, faculty, and families celebrating at our annual department party.

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Student Featured in Case Daily for Mental Health Advocacy Work

Date posted: March 30th, 2016

Maia Delegal, a Junior, was recently featured in Case Daily for her efforts to raise awareness for mental health advocacy. By helping to establish CWRU’s first National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, Maia has provided new avenues for mental health awareness and support for students. …Read more.

Student work to be presented at the 2016 Association for Psychological Science Convention

Date posted: March 18th, 2016

Marisha Kazi is a junior Cognitive Science major who conducts research in Dr. Fey Parrill’s Language and Cognition lab. Her research examines gesture in cognitive embodiment of an abstract spatial chemistry concept—stereoisomers, as part of a collaboration with researchers at the University of Chicago (Raedy Ping, PI). …Read more.

MA Program in Cognitive Linguistics

Date posted: March 1st, 2016

We are now accepting applications for the MA program in Cognitive Linguistics, beginning in fall of 2015. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2015. Click here for more information. …Read more.

Apply for a Ph.D. fellowship in Cognition & Poetics

Date posted: November 17th, 2015

This fellowship, at the University of Osnabrück, is funded by an Anneliese Maier Research Prize awarded to Mark Turner. Application deadline: 15 January 2016.  Further particulars are provided at this link. …Read more.


Honors Program

We are pleased to announce the Undergraduate Honors Program in Cognitive Science has been approved! For more information about the program, how to apply, and how it intersects with other aspects of your undergraduate experience, please refer to the overview and FAQ here:


Interested in neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience? Visit this page to learn more about neuroscience at CWRU.

Hello, alumni! We invite you to join the LinkedIn Group just for you: Alumni of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. This is a social networking group. The site, to which you may contribute, carries news, discussions, and updates from the department and its alumni.

The department of Cognitive Science relies upon the generosity of alumni, friends, and colleagues to carry on its exciting activities and to enhance the educational opportunities for students. Please visit the Support Page for more information on how to donate.