The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins studies the mind as a computational system, with a particular focus on language and spatial representation. Our research seeks to discover the formal structure of cognition at all levels of analysis. What functions does the cognitive system compute and why? What representational formats and algorithms does the mind employ? What neural structures and patterns of neural activity realize the mind in the brain? How are these realized in the adult mind/brain, and how do they develop?

Our multidisciplinary approach to the science of the mind emphasizes intellectual cohesion and cooperation across disciplines that have traditionally been distinct. We utilize a wide range of methodologies, including traditional and experimental methods in generative linguistics and cognitive psychology, cognitive neuro-scientific studies with fMRI and other techniques, cognitive neuropsychological investigations of children and adults with brain injuries or developmental disabilities, and computational modeling.

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