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About Our Program

Established in 1989, the Program in Cognitive Science at Indiana University brings together faculty and students from many departments to study cognition and information. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2015. During 2010-2015, we ran the NSF-funded IGERT graduated training program on the dynamics of brain-body-environment systems in behavior and cognition.

At present, 70 core faculty members and 78 associated faculty participate in the program. Representation is strong from the departments of psychology, philosophy, computer science, and linguistics. Other participating departments include biology, anthropology, education, library and information science, optometry, speech and hearing, and mathematics.

Cognitive ScienceCognitive Science at Indiana University offers many special strengths. The program is highly integrated, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation between all the participating disciplines.

Along with the participating departments, there are also a large number of special groups, labs and research centers affiliated with the Program.

The Cognitive Science Program also sponsors a number of open forums to bring researchers together. During the academic year talks are given by researchers from around the world in our biweekly colloquium series. Less formal groups include the weekly cognitive lunch. The Program also sponsors national and international conferences. See our events schedule for more information.

The Cognitive Science Program offers an undergraduate major and a graduate program. Our undergraduate degree stresses skill acquisition, as opposed to a grab-bag of survey courses, and aims to foster the abilities that make students into scientists.

The curriculum also stresses hands-on, active learning, where students are both encouraged to participate in their own education and work with concrete examples. Undergraduate students will also be given opportunities to work in labs and join into research as soon as they enter the degree program.

Students will also find a faculty dedicated to teaching; a number of our faculty have received awards for their teaching, others have pioneered innovative teaching programs, and most importantly student satisfaction with past courses has been very high. Interested students are encouraged to write, email, or call us with any questions they may have.

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