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

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Monday, 20. November 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 20. November 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Uwe Mayer (Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, Univ. of Trento, Italy) Different structure same function: avian hippocampus and spatial memory RUB, GAFO 05/425
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Thursday, 23. November 2017 - 16:00 to Thursday, 23. November 2017 - 18:00 Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Research Colloquium PHILOSOPHY MEETS COGNITIVE SCIENCE
Dipl. -Psych. M.A., Katharina Helming (Göttingen) A Pragmatic Solution to the Puzzle About Early False-Belief Understanding RUB, GA 04/187
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Monday, 27. November 2017 - 13:00 to Monday, 27. November 2017 - 15:00 Biopsychology Research Colloquium
Frederike Hanke (University of Rostock Institute for Biosciences Sensory and Cognitive Ecology) The sensory and cognitive challenge of living at and in the sea RUB, GAFO 05/425
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Tuesday, 28. November 2017 - 16:00 to Tuesday, 28. November 2017 - 18:00 Kognitionspsychologie Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf
Research Colloquium „Cognitive Psychology and Psychoneuroendocrinology“
Veronika Engert, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain Sciences, Leipzig Stress and empathy GAFO 02/364
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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

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