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"

Call for Fellowships

at the Center MBC for the period May 2016-April 2017.
(Deadline: 31. March 2016)

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Upcoming lectures and workshops

Date / Time Organizer Speaker / Title Venue
Thursday, 27. April 2017 (All day) to Saturday, 29. April 2017 (All day) Viviana Haase & Markus Werning
Negation and Negativity in Natural Language Ruhr University Bochum
Tuesday, 2. May 2017 - 14:00 to Tuesday, 2. May 2017 - 16:00 BioPsy-Colloquium Rainer Riemann (Universität Bielefeld) TwinLife: Social and genetic effects on social inequality RUB, GAFO 05/609
Monday, 8. May 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 8. May 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Lisette Leliveld (Leibniz Institute; Junior Research Group 'Affective Behaviour', Dummerstorf) Literality and animal welfare: examples from pigs and other vertebrates RUB, GAFO 05/425
Friday, 19. May 2017 - 9:15 to Saturday, 20. May 2017 - 16:45 Albert Newen, Brian McLaughlin
Second Bochum Rutgers Workshop in Philosophy GA 04/187
Monday, 29. May 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 29. May 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Kei Yamamoto (CNRS, Paris) A new perspective on the forebrain organization in Osteichthyes (bony vertebrates): Lessons from teleost studies RUB, GAFO 05/425

Recent publications

Place R, Lykken C, Beer Z, Suh J, McHugh TJ, Tonegawa S, Eichenbaum H, Sauvage M
Edited by Markus Werning, Wolfram Hinzen, and Edouard Machery