COGS -- Centre for Cognitive Science


COGS, the Centre for Cognitive Science, was formed in July of 2003 to "champion and support research and teaching in cognitive science at Sussex, particularly (though not exclusively) by fostering interdisciplinary links between those working in artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics and philosophy and related disciplines at Sussex." This incarnation of COGS is only the latest of a line which reaches back to the 1970s and earlier. Throughout this existence, COGS has understood cognitive science in a broad, inclusive sense, encompassing any interdisciplinary, scientific investigation into the nature of minds, whether they be human, (other) animal, or artificial.

Activity at COGS has taken two forms. There are the more visible activities: the weekly COGS seminar series, the Open Lectures, occasional COGS-organised symposia and conferences, and the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision COGS provides. In addition there has been less immediately visible, but ultimately essential work: collaborative, interdisciplinary research that furthers our understanding of the mind.

COGS now has hundreds of members and continues to grow. Any members of the University with an interest in cognitive science are welcome to become members of COGS. At a minimum, membership in COGS will entitle you to be listed on the COGS website and entitle you to participate in the COGS mailing lists. But membership also indicates a general willingness to support and participate in the life of the cognitive science community at Sussex, whether it be though research, teaching, giving a talk, entertaining a visiting speaker, attending the COGS seminars, or any number of activities that support these ventures.

If you would like to become a member, please send an email as detailed below.

If, for some reason, COGS members do not wish to receive COGS emails, they should change their personal settings for this list to "no email" rather than unsubscribing. Unsubscribing from the COGS email list will be taken to be a request to no longer be a member of COGS.

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Ron Chrisley,
COGS Director

English (USA)

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the COGS Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

Using COGS
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Subscribing to COGS

You can join COGS (and thus be subscribed to the COGS list) by emailing the list owner (

  • Use the subject "subscribe".
  • In the body of the message, please include one of the following four words, indicating your role: faculty, researcher, affiliate, student. ("Researcher" includes research students as well as post-docs, research fellows, etc.; "affiliate" includes former Sussex faculty and former students. )
  • Include any web address you would like us to link to your name
  • By default, members receive COGS emails as they are posted; include "digest" if you would prefer a daily digest of list messages.
  • Faculty and researchers (including research students) should include one to five keywords summarizing their fields, topics and methods of interest within cognitive science. Please see the list of keywords from the Cognitive Science Society at for inspiration, but feel free to depart from it if necessary.

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