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This Priority Program is funded by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" and took up its work in autumn 2011. It links the present knowledge on human rationality and brings together researchers from different fields (Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitve Science).

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The group is actively involved in the„International Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences (GGL) “. In the context of PhD- and master studies there exists a close cooperation with the Centre of Neurology and Neurochirurgie of the University Clinic (Prof. Kaps). In the GGL, PhD students can realize their dissertation project in an international and interdisciplinary research environment.

More about the GGL you can find here


The neuroscientific experiments of the department are partly executed at the "Bender Institute of Neuroimaging" (B.I.O.N). The B.I.O.N has available a 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Tomography (Siemens Magnetom "Symphony") and is located in close proximity of the department building. It is used exclusively for psychological research.

More about the B.I.O.N. you can find here


In the area of spatial cognition research, the unit is involved in “Spatial Intelligence and Learning Centre (SILC)”, which is coordinated by multiple American universities (Temple University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Chicago Public School (CPS)).

More about the SILC Network you can find here


The project "Neuro-cognitive mechanisms and computational modelling of spatial belief revision" collaborates with the SFB/TR 8 "Spatial Cognition" located in Freiburg and Bremen. The SFB is concerned with the acquisition, organization, utilization and revision of knowledge about spatial environments, be it real or abstract, human or machine. Research issues range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation. The goal of the SFB/TR 8 is to investigate the cognitive foundations for human-centered spatial assistance systems.

More about the SFB/TR 8 "Spatial Cognition" you can find here