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Center for Cognitive Science


The Center for Cognitive Science was established in 1992 as a joint initiative of the University of Torino and of the Polytechnic of Torino.
In later years the University of Eastern Piedmont "Amedeo Avogadro" also joined the Center, which now comprises the three most important universities of Piedmont.

The Departments that currently participate in the Center for Cognitive Science are:

University of Torino

  • Department of Psycology
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Animal and Human Biology
  • Department of Law

Polytechnic of Torino

  • Department of Control and Computer Engineering

University of Eastern Piedmont "Amedeo Avogadro"

  • Department of Humanities

The Center is hosted by the Department of Psychology of the University of Torino, where institutional and shared activities take place and the main events are organized.

Research at the Center for Cognitive Science covers a wide range of topics related to the study of the human mind, brain, and behavior. In keeping with the tradition of cognitive science, the Center receives contributions from various disciplines including psychology, philosophy, biology and computer science/artificial intelligence.

The main areas of interest of the researchers working at the Center are:

  • the nature, structure and functioning of social interactions
  • thinking and reasoning
  • neuropsychology
  • clinical psychology and psychopathology
  • knowledge management in organizations
  • theoretical psychology and foundations of cognitive science

These topics are investigated within a rich variety of epistemological and methodological frameworks, ranging from phenomenology to functional neuroimaging and drawing on experimental and observational methods, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and artificial intelligence. Many researchers frame their questions in a developmental and/or evolutionary perspective, and research the ontogeny as well as the mature functioning of the human mind.

In addition to its research activities, the Center for Cognitive Science promotes the exchange between scholars and the public dissemination of scientific findings. The Center is actively involved in the sponsoring and the organization of national and international scientific conferences, divulgation activities, and public events related to its main research themes.



Director: Bruno Bara

Department members: Guido Boella, Vincenzo Lombardo, Daniele Radicioni, Alice Ruggeri