Disciplines/fields: Cognitive Science

Duration: 4 sessions

Course Content

This course will give a broad overview of cognitive science. In the first lecture we will cover the history of the field and explain what distinguishes cognitive science from other fields that study the mind. We will then discuss Behaviorism in the second lecture and how the computer metaphor revolutionized the study of the mind in the third lecture. The last lecture will give a brief introduction to problem solving as a classic topic in cognitive science.


Students should get a broad overview of cognitive science and understand the factors that led to the cognitive revolution.


Braitenberg, V. (1984). Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology. MIT Press.
Johnson-Laird, P. N. (1988). The Computer and the Mind. An introduction to Cognitive Science. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
Mayer, R. E. (1992). Thinking, Problem Solving, Cognition. W. H. Freeman and Co., New York, 2nd edition.
Pinker, S. (1997). How the Mind Works. Penguin Books, London.


1998-2001 Studies in Cognitive Science at Universität Osnabrück
2000-2001 Semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh
2001-2003 Studies in Neural and Behavioural Sciences at Universität Tübingen
2004-2007 Doctoral student at MPI for Biological Cybernetics
2007-2008 Postdoctoral fellow at TU Berlin
2008-2010 Postdoctoral fellow at MIT
Since autumn 2010 Juniorprofessor for Cognitive Modeling at Universität Osnabrück