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.

Cogsci Open House! Friday, October 12, 2018, 12:30pm-2:00pm, 618 Crawford

Discuss the Cogsci major and minor, learn about opportunities and careers, meet the leaders of the Cognitive Science Student Organization. Everyone invited!

Colloquia: 28 March 4:00pm, G.A. Radvansky

See the colloquium page for details.

Spring 2018: COGS 325/425 Cognitive Approaches to Literature (Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:45 Instructor: Vera Tobin)

This course explores "literary" aspects of the way we think, as well as how features of our cognition are reflected in our creative use of language in stories, jokes, poetry, and other artful artifacts. Who this course is for: People who like thinking about reading People who like reading about...

Michael White is visiting from Ohio State on 10/6 Friday

Michael White is visiting from Ohio State on 10/6 Friday. He works in natural language processing. His talk abstract and bio are below. His seminar is 1:30-2:30 in White 411. In this talk, I will discuss two scenarios where it is important to  avoid generating sentences with structural ambiguities. In the first part of the...


Cognition & Computation/ Minor in Applied Data Science

Interested in a major in Cognitive Science with a minor in Applied Data Science? COGS 330/430, Cognition and Computation, is cross-listed as DataScience (DSCI) 330/430. Anyone taking any undergraduate degree anywhere at Case can now have a minor in Applied Data Science.  This new minor is available independent of College or School. So, one can have a major degree awarded by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, or the Weatherhead School of Management, and without crossing schools, still have a minor in Applied Data Science.  Interested in Data Science? See

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.