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.

Alumni newsletter

Please check out our Spring 2019 alumni newsletter here! As always, we are delighted to hear back from our alumni about their own accomplishments, publications, and life events. If you have a story, a book, a memory, or an idea to share with us, please forward your information to...

Department Party

April 26th, 6-8pm Please join us for the Cognitive Science end of year party. Friends and family are welcome! Delicious food, friendly people. If you need transportation, you can take Uber to and from the event, for free!

Cool CSSO Event: 3/5, 7pm, Crawford 618

This year CSSO is a doing "virtual lab meeting" journal club event, where you'll be able to meet (virtually) the authors of a paper you read, and discuss the details.  

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.


Professor Parrill featured on WCKY

Check out the story here!

Professor Tobin featured on NPR’s Hidden Brain

Listen to the story here!


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