The cognitive sciences focus on the fascinating connections between mental processes and representations of the human mind and its neurobiological foundations. Cognitive scientists at the University of Potsdam concentrate their research efforts primarily on the structure, dynamics, development and neuronal foundations of language, visual perception, numerical cognition, execution of actions and motor coordination among children and adults.
Several departments are engaged in interdisciplinary cooperation in the intra-faculty unit "Cognitive Sciences", including linguists, psychologists, sport and exercise scientists, biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and theoretical physicists. Experimental and clinical methods, corpus analyses, cognitive modelling and theoretical model formation are used from interdisciplinary perspectives. Productive interconnections will also be set up in future with empirical learning research, cognitive robotics, cultural and media studies, and the philosophy of mind.
A strong conncection on the research level also exists to the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences.
The Cognitive Science structural area is composed of the following departments, whose interests are each represented by a department spokesperson and a research spokesperson on the structural area board:
The tasks of the structural area spokesman are currently carried out by Prof. Dr. Audrey Bürki and taken over every two years by the representatives of the departments in a rotating system.