Center for Cognitive Science

Research Initiative "Graduate Program Cognitive Dynamics"

The goal of the research initiative is to further promote coordination of the groups working in different subject areas and departments of the TUK, University of Landau and the non-university research institutes in KL, which deal with questions of cognitive science on the basis of their respective subject discipline, in particular with the topics of cognition of language and written language processing, and cognitive aspects of human-machine interaction in the areas of health, work and education.

This research initiative has been funding joint research projects and scientific activities (e.g., meetings and colloquia) at the Center for Cognitive Science and promotes young scientists at the Graduate School since 2014.

Virtual reality, assistance systems, autonomous driving, social networks - these and other omnipresent terms characterize the process of digitization in all areas of life directly and largely influence people's experience and behavior and their interaction with their environment. Cognitive assistance, for instance, is intended to support learning or rapid decision-making processes. However, this requires an understanding of how learning and decision-making work in humans. In addition, it is necessary to consider the circumstances under which people are willing and able to accept technical assistance and to integrate it optimally into their actions. At the same time, situational and habitual factors, i.e. individual characteristics of the person acting in a given situation, should be taken into account.

In this context, cognitive science plays an increasingly important role, as it deals with the study and formalization of information processing in humans from an interdisciplinary perspective. Classically, it combines researchers from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy, but increasingly also from other disciplines who are concerned with the empirical investigation and modeling of cognitive processes, such as perception, problem solving, language, decision making, learning, and increasingly also with the role of these processes in human interaction with technology. At the same time, technology is playing an increasingly important role in the study of such cognitive processes; think of computer simulations or the development of new methods in neuroscience.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachmann (Speaker)

Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, TUK

Prof. Dr. Shanley Allen (Vice Speaker)

Psycholinguistics and Language Development, TUK

Apl.-Prof. Dr. Daniela Czernochowski (Gender and Diversity)

Cognitive Neuroscience, TUK

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

Experimental Psychology, TUK

Apl.-Prof. Dr. Maria Klatte

Cogntive and Developmental Psychology, TUK

Prof. Dr. Cees van Leeuwen

Perceptual Dynamics (KU Leuven, BE), Honorary Professor, TUK

Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker

Augmented Vision, Computer Science, TUK, and German Research Institute of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Prof. Dr. Achim Ebert

Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, TUK

Campus Landau

Prof. Dr. Julia Karbach

Developmental and Educational Psychology

JProf. Dr. Tanja Könen

Cognitive Development

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Hilbig

Cognitive Psychology

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Basten

Biological Psychology


Dr. Klaus Dressler

Mathematical Methods in Dynamics and Durability, Fraunhofer Institute for Technical and Industrial Mathematics (ITWM)

Jun-Prof. Marc Herrlich

Serious Games Engineering, Computer Science, TUK

Prof. Dr. Tandra Ghose

Psychology of Perception, TUK

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