The Cognitive Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group brings together scholars who are interested in the systematic exploration of ways in which empirical research in the cognitive sciences can inform, and be informed by, research in the humanities. We see a natural fit between the humanities and the cognitive sciences: the central focus of the humanities is the thinking, feeling, experiencing human being, and it is precisely these processes of thinking, feeling and experiencing that the cognitive sciences seek to understand. Some examples of the kind of work our group is interested in: designing studies in cognitive psychology to understand the kinds of moral reasoning we engage in, treating religious texts as data for studying cross-cultural and cross-temporal differences in cognition, exploring neuroscience research that sheds light on the role of empathy and perspective-taking in our engagement with fiction, and the use of cross-linguistic data to uncover the ways language shapes thought and culture.

The short- and long-term goals of our group are as follows:

•  To meet regularly to exchange research and foster dialogue between the humanities and the cognitive sciences, with the aim of developing long-term interdisciplinary research collaborations;

•  To raise awareness of cognitive studies as an active and exciting area of research in the broader university community, by organizing guest lectures and other events;

•  To create new opportunities for students interested in cognitive studies, including a special concentration and degree programs in cognitive studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

How To Get Involved

If you are interested in participating in our meetings, or would like to be added to the UM Cognitive Studies Network mailing list, please contact Brendan Balcerak Jackson (

Graduate Student Symposium

December 14, 2017

Call for Abstracts

We invite abstracts from graduate students at the University of Miami and Florida International University for 30-minute research presentations on any topic related to the cognitive sciences; interdisciplinary presentations are especially encouraged. Abstracts should be between 450 and 550 words, prepared for blind review. Please submit abstracts by email attachment to Brendan Balcerak Jackson (UM Philosophy): Make sure your name and contact information are included in the body of the email. The deadline for submissions is September 31, 2017.

   Graduate Student Symposium Poster




Monday, October 9, 2017
Ashe Administration, Room 735

Monday, November 27, 2017
Ashe Administration, Room 735

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Graduate Student Symposium
Knight Physics Building Conference Room 334
Click here for the program

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room

Friday, April 6, 2018
Lecture: "Norms and Normality"             
Joshua Knobe, Departments of Philosophy and Ysychology, Yale University
Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room

thumbnail headshot of Professor Brendan Balcerak Jackson (Philosophy) for Cognitive Studies



Brendan Balcerak Jackson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dexter Callender, Co-convener for the Cognitive Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group



Dexter Callender

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
 Michael Earl McCullough, co-convener for Cognitive Studies



Michael McCullough

Professor of Psychology