The Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU) concentrates on social and biological aspects of human cognition: how learning, processing, and sharing information about and with others takes place, and how computational models of human cognition can be realized in the brain. Students and faculty undertake interdisciplinary research drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematical modeling, linguistics, and the social sciences.
The department hosts many research projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that address cognitive development, social cognition and cultural transmission. PhD students take part in cutting-edge research in excellent new research facilities including state-of-the-art technology for infant studies, eye and motion tracking, music, EEG and NIRS.
This research-based, interdisciplinary program offers specialization in the fields of social cognition, cognitive development, and formal and biological models of perception and learning. Students may take courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, visual perception and computational modeling. They receive practical research training in methods, experimental design and data analysis in the laboratories of departmental faculty members.
Our program equips students with skills for successful careers in academia and other researchoriented sectors, meeting the growing demand for experts in social and computational cognitive science. They may also find positions at organizations that appreciate how institutional design and governance benefit from a better understanding of the cognitive bases for decision-making.
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The above mentioned fee applies for the first year of doctoral programme.
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides generous merit-based scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend for housing and living expenses.
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