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.


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.

Cognitive Science Student Organization sponsors lecture by Wayne Gray

Date posted: October 12th, 2015

On 24 September, members of the Cognitive Science Student Organization (CSSO) hosted a lecture by Wayne Gray in the Tinkham Veale University Center. Dr. Gray, Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explored the ideas of acquisition and deployment of extreme expertise in his lecture, Video Gamers and Extreme Expertise: Questions, Methods, and Models for Studying Dynamic Expertise. …Read more.

Secondary Major in Cognitive Science

Date posted: October 1st, 2015

Two-for-one: add a secondary major in Cognitive Science to your degree in Engineering, Management, or Nursing! …Read more.

Cognitive Science undergraduate publishes book.

Date posted: September 11th, 2015

Cognitive Science senior John Brogan’s book In Reflection of Nature has been released. The book details his personal experiences with the cognitive and emotional benefits of interacting with nature. …Read more.

MA Program in Cognitive Linguistics

Date posted: September 1st, 2015

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.


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.