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About Us

The Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science advances the scientific understanding of mind through teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration and the exchange of ideas both inside and outside of the classroom.

Participating faculty, students, and post-doctoral researchers come from multiple academic programs and disciplines, including computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology. A key part of the Institute’s mission is to bring these scholars together in the shared pursuit of a deeper understanding of the mind—an understanding unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries.

The Institute administers an undergraduate major in Cognitive Science (BA or BS degree) and a Graduate Certificate Program in Cognitive Science, sponsors interdisciplinary seminars and speaker series, hosts the annual Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium, and supports a postdoctoral scholar and visiting faculty program. 

History of the Weinberg Institute

The Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science was created in 2014 through a generous gift from Marshall M. Weinberg ('50). His passion for cognitive science and interdisciplinary scholarship prompted him to sponsor the first Marshall M. Weinberg Cognitive Science Symposium at U-M in 2009. The success of the symposium and the development of a viable undergraduate cognitive science major were important antecedents of the Institute. The first director of the Weinberg Institute was U-M Professor of Linguistics Samuel D. Epstein, who served until 2017. Richard Lewis, U-M Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, serves as current director of the Weinberg Institute. 

Marshall M. Weinberg Cognitive Science Symposium

Held annually at the University of Michigan, the Marshall M. Weinberg Cognitive Science Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum that attracts leading scholars, researchers, and students from a variety of disciplines to examine the science behind significant and timely issues in cognitive science. Past symposia have explored such topics as artificial intelligence, bilingual brain research, the rationality of thought, the cognitive science of moral minds, and the use of neuroscience data in legal judgments, among others. The first Weinberg Symposium was held at U-M in 2009.