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, notably our remarkable species-wide capacities for creativity and innovation.

Research emphases include the workings of the human mind in design, art, and technology, the interaction of brain and culture in development and evolution, the origins of human higher-order cognition, 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 neuroscience, linguistics, psychology, biology, and anthropology along with new, integrated methods that have been invented within cognitive science over the last several years.