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
Tuesday, 24. October 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, 25. October 2017 (All day) Emmy-Noether research group, Peter Brössel (RUB), Nina Poth (University of Edinburgh), Filippo Vindrola (RUB)
Concept Learning and Reasoning in Conceptual Spaces Beckmanns Hof (Room: Shanghai)
Tuesday, 24. October 2017 - 18:00 to Tuesday, 24. October 2017 - 19:30 Emmy-Noether research group Peter Brössel (RUB), Nina Poth (University of Edinburgh), Filippo Vindrola (RUB)
Workshop Concept Learning and Reasoning in Conceptual Spaces
Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University) An Epigenetic Approach to Semantic Categories RUB, GA 04/187
Friday, 1. December 2017 - 9:00 to Friday, 1. December 2017 - 18:00 Prof. Dr. Albert Newen & Dr. Francesco Marchi
New Perspectives on Self-Deception, Biased Belief Formation & Automatic Action RUB, GA 04/187
Monday, 4. December 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, 6. December 2017 (All day) Prof. Tobias Schlicht
Evolving Enactivism - Philosophy Workshop with Daniel D. Hutto & Erik Myin Ruhr-University Bochum, Veranstaltungszentrum
Monday, 5. March 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, 7. March 2018 (All day) Albert Newen & Tobias Schlicht
Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures 2018

Recent publications

Place R, Lykken C, Beer Z, Suh J, McHugh TJ, Tonegawa S, Eichenbaum H, Sauvage M
Norihiro Kamide, Heinrich Wansing