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Center for Cognitive Evolutionary Sciences

The Center for Cognitive Evolutionary Sciences was established in 2008 to follow and build on the success of the multidisciplinary 21st Century COE Program, 'The Mind and Language - Developments in Cognitive Evolutionary Sciences' (active 2003-07). The Center aims to answer the classical and fundamental question, 'what are human beings?' from a modern perspective, integrating the three areas of 'human evolutionary biology, genetics and neuroscience', 'cognitive, developmental and information sciences' and 'linguistics'. Some areas of our research include cognitive developmental science research in the Baby Labs; systematic cognitive neuroscience research mainly on autistic children; and cognitive neurolinguistics research conducted jointly by linguists and developmental scientists, and we aim to conduct collaborative research with institutions both in Japan and abroad.

The Center is run by a committee consisting of staff from both the Department of Language and Information Sciences and the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences. Within the College and Graduate School of Arts and Science, we function as a hub of research that integrates the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. The Center's activities include regular collaborative inter-laboratory research, as well as running the interdisciplinary graduate courses in 'Special Lectures in Language and Information Sciences I: The Mind and Language - Developments in Cognitive Evolutionary Sciences' and 'Cognitive Evolutionary Sciences' every year.

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