The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is committed to advancing the fields of brain and cognitive science through original research that strengthens our understanding of the brain and mind. This commitment is given voice through an environment of education and collaboration involving students, faculty, and scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, who share the common goal of transforming individual discoveries into collective breakthroughs.

Our department is unique in the depth and breadth of research we conduct. We apply a range of tools and methodologies in an effort to understand the processes and mechanisms that underlie cognition at all levels – from molecules to cognitive modules.

We use this understanding to help answer complex questions in several areas of specialization. These include vision, learning and memory, plasticity and development, sensory systems, language, and reasoning. Each of these areas benefits from and is advanced by research techniques developed and applied by the department.