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The University of Hawai`i at Manoa houses an active Cognitive Science community - an interdisciplinary group of scholars dedicated to the scientific study of the mind and cognitive function, who offer a broad range of Cognitive Science-related courses.

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field that has arisen during the past several decades at the intersection of a number of existing disciplines, including anthropology, computer science, engineering, education, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and second language studies. The shared interest that has produced this coalition is understanding the nature of the mind. Previously, each discipline sought to understand the mind from its own perspective, benefiting little from progress in other fields because of different methods employed. With the advent of Cognitive Science, however, common interests and ideas have overcome methodological differences, and interdisciplinary interaction has become the hallmark of this field.

Researchers at UHM from a broad base of departments address a wide range of topics within Cognitive Science. Among the focus areas are:

We hold a bi-weekly Cognitive Science colloquium, which is open to all members of the university community, in which a local or visiting researcher presents results pertaining to the study of the mind to the larger academic community.

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Page last updated April 5, 2002