Cognitive science is the scientific study of the human mind. The field is highly interdisciplinary, combining ideas and methods from psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience. Broadly speaking, the goal is to characterize the nature of human knowledge -- its forms and content -- and how that knowledge is used, processed, and acquired. Active areas of cognitive research in BCS include language, memory, visual perception and cognition, thinking and reasoning, social cognition, decision making, and cognitive development.
The study of cognitive science within BCS expresses the department's philosophy that understanding the mind and understanding the brain are ultimately inseparable, even though many gaps currently exist between the core questions of human cognition and the questions that can be productively addressed in molecular, cellular or systems neuroscience. Working towards bridging those gaps, several cognitive labs maintain a primary or secondary focus on cognitive neuroscience research, and there are many opportunities for interaction and collaboration between cognitive labs and neuroscience labs across BCS and its related centers.