Cognitive Science

Human consciousness is inconceivably complex: the brain consists of hundreds of billions of interconnected neurons. The thought process engages and is used in interaction with other people and the physical environment, which makes the entire situation all the more complex.

Cognitive science studies these processes from several different scientific perspectives. The researchers study people's thoughts, develop machines that carry out cognitive tasks and study cognition in other animal species.

When we as people link together what takes place in the brain with what takes place inside a computer and what is happening in our physical and social surroundings, thinking becomes a hybrid process. Technology is part of our culture, and our thought processes are already a hybrid of psychology, culture, biology and technology.

At Linköping University, the focus is on the interaction between cognition and communication. Studies look at how decisions are made in groups, for example. We develop programs for learning using artificial agents and build cognitive robots, both to help us in our cognitive processes and to increase our understanding of these.


The Ageing and Social Change research environment

The Ageing and Social Change research environment conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.

A women is doing computed tomography.


We at JEDI lab at Linköping University conduct research on intuition, reflection, and emotion in economic decision-making.

A robot.

The joy in reading – a co-design project around students’ interaction with social robots

A study investigating the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) can contribute to students' reading. It examines how key reading activities and situations in school can be designed for interaction between a social robot and 10-year-old students.