Though not news, it is useful to be reminded now and then of our mission:


14 January 2011



The Department of Cognitive Science promotes the study of learning, perception, action, and interaction
in the physical, material, social, and cultural world. The approach is inter-disciplinary employing
ideas and techniques from a number of contributing disciplines, including anthropology, communications,
computer science, ethology, electrical engineering, linguistics, neurology, neurosciences, philosophy,
psychology, rhetoric, and sociology. Historically, research in the department has involved a commitment
to biological realism, the attribution of a crucial role for experience, and a constitutive role for
physical and social context in cognitive activity. Our goal is to transcend theoretical limitations
rooted in disciplinary boundaries and pursue a scientific account of cognition.