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.

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.


Graduate Linguistics Program ranked 6th best in the USA

Date posted: May 1st, 2015 ranks the CWRU Cognitive Linguistics graduate program the 6th best linguistics program in the nation. …Read more.


Department party

Date posted: April 28th, 2015

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Red Hen Lab wins Google Summer of Code 2015 Grant

Date posted: March 25th, 2015

Professor Mark Turner’s Distributed Little Red Hen Lab wins a Google Summer of Code 2015 grant! Students: Propose a project. Code the summer away. Achieve ultimate glory. …Read more.

MA Program in Cognitive Linguistics

Date posted: March 11th, 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.



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.