RF Cognitive Sciences

********** After the successful first five years the RF Cognitive Sciences enters its second funding phase: Start of the next funding phase with a ceremonial presentation of certificates on July 23rd 2019 (duration of funding phase until June 30th 2023)

The *3rd day of the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences* took place on October 25th 2019 . The aim was to intensify the exchange of all members of the RFCS, to get to know each other and to further identify interfaces in joint research.

Impressions of this productive day:

The Leibniz-Lecture of the Leibnizkolleg Potsdam was organized together with the RFCS in 2019. We were proud to welcome Professor Willem van Mechelen, Department of Public and Occupational Health of the Amsterdam UMC.

********** The DFG Research Unit (DFG-FOR 2253) "Crossing the borders: The interplay of language, cognition, and the brain in early human development" has secured a second funding phase.


On December 6th, the DFG has approved the application for a second funding phase (3 more years).

Sprecherinnen: Prof. Barbara Höhle und Prof. Birgit Elsner

Summer School "Limits of Variability in Language"

18. - 22. June 2018

The summer school was organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects“. The school brought together leading international experts from different subfields of linguistics, covering the span from modern sociolinguistics, via dialect research, to grammar theory and the formal study of African languages.

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Talk by Prof. Daniel L. Everett

Dan Everett gave a CRC guest lecture "On the Role of Culture in Language and Cognition" in Golm on 23.04.18. A second talk took place on 24.04.18 at Einstein Forum Potsdam. Prof. Gisbert Fanselow moderated throughout the event. More information and an abstract you can find here.

Opening of the new "Kubus" at Bildungsforum Potsdam

The opening of the new "Kubus" with the topic "future of work" within the exhibition FORSCHUNGSFENSTER, located at the Bildungsforum Potsdam took place on April 13th 2018. Contribution of the RFCS by Dr. Sebastian Stober: Interactive simulation on the question "How does artificial intelligence work?"

Advanced Methods: Bayesian Statistics 

The block seminar, funded by the RFCS, took place in Golm, on February 19th - 23rd.

Instructor: Dr. Oliver Lindemann

Prof. Klaus Oberauer, University of Zurich, gave two presentations at the Department of Psychology on Wednesday, 17.01.2018.

Prof. Oberauer is one of the leading scientists in working memory research. 

Presentation 1: What Causes the Capacity Limit in Working Memory?

Presentation 2: Addressing the Theory Crisis in Psychology


**********The DFG Research Unit RUEG
"Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations: A Comparative Approach" will start on April 1st, 2018.

Spokesperson: Prof. Heike Wiese

Press release 

On October 13th 2017, the joint event *Day of the Research Focus on Cognitive Sciences* took place with the aim of intensifying the exchange between our members, of getting to know each other even better, and of identifying further mutual research interests in the research of cognitive sciences. 

Impressions of this productive and cheerful day:

ESCoP conference 2017
was held successfully in Potsdam, 3-6 September, 2017

Read a press report concerning the conference, published in the "Potsdamer Neuesten Nachrichten des Tagesspiegels".

Here, another press report about the conference, published in the "Märkische Allgemeine" newspaper on August 29th, 2017. 


Satellite program at ESCoP conference: 

Summer school on Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology

28.08. - 01.09.2017 | Potsdam

Paul Mätzig, from Project B02 of the CRC "Limits of Variability in Language", won the Allen Newell Best Student-Led Paper Award.

The Allen Newell Award – named in recognition of one of the founders of the field of cognitive modeling – is given for the best full ICCM (International Conference on Cognitive Modelling) paper with a student as first author for the paper “A computational investigation of sources of variability in sentence comprehension difficulty in aphasia” by Mätzig, P., Vasishth, S., Engelmann, F., & Caplan, C.


**********Application "GO:UP" of the University of Potsdam within the funding line "Innovative Hochschule" was successful.

Participating project of the Cognitive und Educational Sciences: "Bildungscampus Golm" ("education campus")

Start: 01.01.2018

Press release 

**********The CRC 1287: "Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects" will start on July 1st, 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Isabell Wartenburger

**********The CRC 1294: "Data assimilation: the seamless integration of data and model" will start on July 1st, 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Sebastian Reich


Press release 

The Research Focus Cognitive Sciences presented a lecture series "Learning - perspectives from cognitive science" during the summer semester 2017.

Fifteen speakers from various disciplines as German Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sports and Health Sciences approached the topic from their respective perspectives.

lecture plan with abstracts

On Media.UP, you can find video recordings of all lectures: 

Prof. Fischer: Psychology of Learning

Prof. Rapp: Kognitives Altern

Prof. Elsner: Soziales Lernen: Grundlagen und Entwicklung in der Kindheit

Prof. Weymar: Spuren im Gehirn beim Speichern und Abrufen emotionaler Gedächtnisinhalte

Prof. Höhle: Mechanisms of Early Language Learning

Prof. Schroeder: Literacy acquisition in schools in the context of migration and multilingualism

PD Dr. Claudia Felser: Second language learning

Prof. Stede: Automatische Textklassifikation: Computer lernen die Unterschiede zwischen Texttypen

Dr. André Krügel: Learning oculomotor control during reading

Prof. Kortenkamp: Anschlussfähiges Lernen aus Sicht der Mathematik-Didaktik

Prof. Rasche: Lernen als Wettbewerbsvorteil im digitalen Zeitalter - Kompetenzmanagement als Kardinalaufgabe der Personal- und Kompetenzentwicklung

Dr. Stober: Learning machines

Prof. Brand: Learning to like exercising - Current perspectives on health behavior change

Prof. Granacher: Specific Aspects of Motor Learning: Effects of Balance Challenging Exercises across the Lifespan

Prof. Krahé: The Learning of Aggression through Violence in the Media

A talk by Dr. Sonja Eisenbeiß, University Köln, took place on March 3rd 2017, in Golm: 

Title: "Psycholinguistic Studies and the Creation of Corpora for Under-researched Languages - A Case Study for Setswana"