Historically the posterior aspect of the parietal lobe has been considered solely a sensory area that associates sensory modalities and regulates attention.  However, recent studies have demonstrated that it has a major role in visually guided actions, including the representation of intentions, formation of movement plans, and decision making.  Moreover, the posterior parietal cortex contains a map of intentions, with sub-areas specialized for eye movements, reaching, and grasping.  Small inactivations of these sub-areas produce specific deficits consistent with this intention map.  These findings form the basis for the design of cognitive neural prosthetics, which are envisioned to read out the intent of paralyzed patients to control assistive devices such as robotic limbs and computer tablets.

The mission of the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science is to carry out excellent research in the interdisciplinary and complex field of Cognitive Science. Researchers from several disciplines (most prominently Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science and Philosophy) come together at RuCCS to learn about the theories and research programs of other scholars with overlapping interests but very different backgrounds, enriching and enhancing their own research and capabilities. More generally RuCCS aims to support the development of Cognitive Science as a field, both nationally and internationally. RuCCS places great importance on the training of the next generations of scholars. Through its Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science it offers doctoral students in participating RU programs the opportunity to learn about areas outside their specialization, and to conduct research with a faculty member which introduces them to new ideas and techniques and broadens their own understanding of the disciplines which contribute to Cognitive Science. Through its undergraduate major and minor, and in the laboratory experiences that RuCCS offers, it affords RU undergraduates the opportunity to learn about and participate in outstanding research projects with leading researchers.

altHow does the mind work? How does the brain make the mind? The RUTGERS CENTER FOR COGNITIVE SCIENCE seeks the answers.

RuCCS faculty come from several departments including Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Computer Science. They work together on all aspects of human cognition: language, perception, reasoning, decision making, development, and disorders. The international reputation of RuCCS attracts distinguished visitors from around the world. Students have unique opportunities for research and training in laboratory projects, in seminars, and in prominent lecture series. Research results are published in leading journals and often have MAJOR impact on the field of brain sciences.

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