Institute for the science of origins

emergence of the mind.

The modern mind has produced a staggering list of astonishing behaviors—science, religion, mathematics, language, advanced tool use, decorative dress, dance, culture, art.

These, singly perhaps, but especially taken together, seem to indicate a still-to-be-explained discontinuity between us and all other living things. This brute fact gives rise to some tantalizing questions: What are the basic mental operations and neurological structures that underlie the human mind? And how did the cognitively modern mind emerge?


think tank»

Research at The Department of Cognitive Science examines what differentiates human brain function (particularly its capacity for creativity and innovation) from all other species.

»Visit the Department of Cognitive Science