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Institute of Cognitive Science

Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University

Welcome to the website of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the Osnabrück University! Our research activities cover a wide range of cognitive science disciplines. Our study programs include international Bachelor and Master programs, which teach basics from the entire spectrum of cognitive science and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and work.

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Cognitive Science Student Journal launched

We are proud to present the first entries of the new Cognitive Science Student Journal - a blog-style journal from students about student work for the Cognitive Science community! Its first editorial team were the participants of the seminar “Practical Cognitive Science Communication” by Tobias Thelen and Laura Krieger. They highlight the work of students and showcase their interdisciplinary projects. You can now read how Fariburz Irani, Febryeric Parantean, Piper Powell, Johanna Venzke, and Junpei Zhong compare applications of neural networks to visual imagery, Noah Bair explores the presumed link between poverty and mental health problems, and Anna Luise Backsen addresses challenges with digital capitalism in her video essay. Stay tuned and stay curious for regularly published contributions!

Society for Analytic Philosophy awarded Wolfgang-Stegmüller-Prize to Gregor Hörzer

Dr. Dr. Gregor Hörzer, research associate in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognition group, received the prestigious Wolfgang Stegmüller Award for his dissertation Understanding Physicalism (de Gruyter, 2020) at the international congress GAP.11 of the Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP) in September. In his laudatio, the president of the GAP, Prof. Dr. Geert Keil, emphasized that Gregor Hörzer's dissertation impressed through its breadth and through the depth of its coverage of the problem: "All important contemporary approaches to the topic of reductionism are skillfully interwoven. All problems related to the topic are formulated step by step, discussed, and, building on the current state of the literature, a solution is proposed."

For Prospective Students:

Bachelor Cognitive Science

This program is designed for you to explore the different fields within Cognitive Science, all while building a solid foundation in the core areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modelling, Computational Linguistics, Neurobiology, Neuroinformatics, Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind. 

Master Cognitive Science

This Master Program allows you to refine your knowledge in Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics and Computational Linguistics, Neuroinformatics and Robotics, Neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. You will build on your research skills through lab rotations, a year-long study project, and your master's thesis.

Online Master Cognitive Science

The "Osnabrück Cognitive Science Master Online Studies" (OS-COSMOS) program is an online track to the Master Program for international students living outside of Germany.  You can major in Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, and Neuroinformatics.

Master Cognitive Computing

The Cognitive Computing Program specializes in studying computational models of cognitive abilities. This course addresses working professionals who will continue to work in parallel to their studies. Graduates of this program are able to use their acquired skills for the development of innovative intelligent systems and services.