Computational cognition refers to the study of the mind and its processes through computational models and simulations. It combines elements of cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. This approach tries to understand how human cognition works by creating computer models that mimic cognitive processes like learning, memory, perception, and problem-solving. By comparing these models’ behavior with human behavior, research in the CoCo Center of Excellence tests hypotheses about how the mind works and gain insights into both human cognition and artificial intelligence.

The Computational Cognition (CoCo) Center of Excellence was established in September 2023. It is housed at the School of Psychology and encompasses faculty members from across Georgia Tech, Atlanta, and the US (see People). CoCo seeks to become a hub for research and education on computational cognition at Georgia Tech and nationally. We hold a monthly talk series (see Big Ideas Chalk Talk series and CoCo Seminars), run a core facility that provides wearable technologies to observe brain and behavior, and perform neuromodulation. CoCo also supports educational initiatives, including a new minor in Cognition and Computation, as well as a planned 2-year Master’s degree in Computational Cognition.

Here are some of the current research questions addressed by the CoCo investigators:

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