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, 23. January 2018 - 16:00 to Tuesday, 23. January 2018 - 18:00 Kognitionspsychologie Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf
Research Colloquium „Cognitive Psychology and Psychoneuroendocrinology“
Lisa Marie Stock, Cognitive Psychology (RUB) Does the stress effect on encoding varies as a function of time of day? GAFO 02/364
Wednesday, 24. January 2018 - 12:15 to Wednesday, 24. January 2018 - 13:45 Department of Philosophy II
Colloquium of the Department of Philosophy II
Jun. Prof. Dr. Sascha Benjamin Fink (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg) Are phenomenal experiences necessarily private? GA 3/143
Thursday, 25. January 2018 - 12:00 to Thursday, 25. January 2018 - 14:00 Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Dr. Christine Michel (MPI Leipzig) How do I make the comic mouse dance? The role of reinforcement learning for infant's gaze following behavior Raum 1 (2. Stock, Bochumer Fenster, Massenbergstraße 9-13)
Thursday, 25. January 2018 - 16:00 to Thursday, 25. January 2018 - 18:00 Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Dr. Matthias Unterhuber (RUB) Bayesian Pragmatics and the Rational Speech Act Theory RUB, GA 04/187
Thursday, 1. February 2018 (All day) to Friday, 2. February 2018 (All day) Judith Martens (M.A.), Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht
Implicit Attitudes, Explicit Attitudes, and (joint) Action RUB

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