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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 Colloquium, Thursday, 07 September 2017, 4-5pm, 618 Crawford

Date posted: September 7th, 2017

Larry Muhlstein presents on “Interactive Communicative Inference”
See the colloquium page for details. …Read more.

Cogsci Colloquium, Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4-5pm, 618 Crawford

Date posted: April 3rd, 2017

Natalia Igl presents on “Framing the Text, Positioning the Reader: The ‘observer’-paradigm in 1920s-30s German modernist aesthetics.”
See the colloquium page for details. …Read more.

CSSO Event: Pronouns & Gender. Does Language Matter?

Date posted: November 8th, 2016

Thursday 11/10, 11:30-12:30, Thwing 224
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Cogsci Open House! Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 3-4pm, 618 Crawford

Date posted: October 3rd, 2016

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

Cogsci Colloquium, Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 4-5pm, 618 Crawford

Date posted: October 3rd, 2016

Suren Naicker presents on “An analysis of conceptual metaphors in the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.” See the colloquium page for details. …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.

Page last modified: September 7, 2017