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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Upcoming lectures and workshops

Date / Time Organizer Speaker / Title Venue
Tuesday, 8. May 2018 - 12:00 to Tuesday, 8. May 2018 - 14:00 Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht
Colloquium Consciousness and Cognition
Jelle Bruineberg (University of Amsterdam) Anticipating affordances: intentionality in brain-body-environment systems GAFO 04/358
Tuesday, 8. May 2018 - 16:00 to Tuesday, 8. May 2018 - 18:00 Philosophy meets Cognitive Science Research Colloquium Prof. Dr. Matteo Colombo (Tilburg University) Predictive Processing, Inference, and Psychopathology GA 04/187
Monday, 14. May 2018 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 15. May 2018 - 18:15 Peter Brössel, Albert Newen, and Filippo Vindrola
Ophelia Deroy (Munich) Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh) Bence Nanay (Antwerp) Jona Vance (Arizona) Workshop Perception, Mental Imagery, and Inference Monday, May 14, 2018 Ruhr University GA 04/187, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Beckmanns Hof Room: Tokyo
Tuesday, 15. May 2018 - 12:00 to Tuesday, 15. May 2018 - 14:00 Prof. Tobias Schlicht
Colloquium Consciousness and Cognition
Marcin Milkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences) How do 'paradigms' in cognitive science explain? Lessons from the mechanistic perspective GAFO 04/358
Tuesday, 29. May 2018 - 12:00 to Tuesday, 29. May 2018 - 14:00 Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht
Colloquium Consciousness and Cognition
Alfredo Vernazzani Pictures and the Nature of Visual Experience GAFO 04/358