The Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution is a cooperative platform initiated by a number of scientists and scholars in the fields of philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, neurosciences and neuroinformatics located at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

In addition to the well-established research at the department of neuroscience in Bochum, the main focus of the center is to foster all those research endeavours that are interdisciplinary in nature.

The center provides an interdisciplinary platform for neurophilosophical and neurocognitive studies. Its mission is to work toward an integrated understanding of cognition through an interdisciplinary research approach in philosophy, psychology, psychiatry and neurosciences and to develop new perspectives on possible interfaces between these disciplines. This platform also supports the new interdisciplinary Master program “Cognitive Science” taught in English. Research in the center integrates four methodological approaches: the philosophical analysis of mental phenomena (MIND), the investigation of physiological processes (BRAIN), the study of behavioral patterns including computational modeling and comparative studies of cognitive functions (Cog. Evolution). The goal of the center is to develop a new understanding of cognition focusing on the following functions: social cognition, self and action, concepts and categorization, and learning and memory. The innovative dimension of this endeavour is that the four methodological approaches will be applied to one and the same topic.

On this site you can find all relevant details about the founders and members of this platform as well as about interesting guests residing at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Furthermore, we keep posting announced talks and workshops.

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The content of perception: why evolution matters"

Upcoming lectures and workshops

Date / Time Organizer Speaker / Title Venue
Monday, 11. December 2017 (All day) Abdelrahman Rajan
Loren Frank, Kevin Allen, Neil Burgess Neural Basis of Navigation: from behavioural models to electrophysiology and functional image approaches RUB
Monday, 11. December 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 11. December 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Patrick Friedrich (RUB, Biopsychology) Neural correlates of brain laterality and interhemispheric interactions RUB, GAFO 05/425
Thursday, 14. December 2017 - 16:00 to Thursday, 14. December 2017 - 18:00 Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Prof. Dr. Bence Nanay (Antwerp) Self-Control and the Fragmentation of the Mind RUB, GA 04/187
Monday, 18. December 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 18. December 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Caspar M. Schwiedrzik (European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen & German Primate Center) Neural circuits for learning and predicting visual events RUB, GAFO 05/425
Monday, 18. December 2017 - 14:00 to Monday, 18. December 2017 - 19:00 Albert newen, Pascale Willemsen
Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds
Edourd Machery Book Symposium GA 1/28

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