Cognitive Science has a more than 30 year old tradition in exploring the mental capabilities of humans and other organisms, and in modeling them in technical systems. It combines behavioral methods (especially from Cognitive Psychology) with those from the Brain Sciences (especially neuro-imaging and neurophysiology) and Computer Science (especially Artificial Intelligence and Neuroinformatics). These are augmented with methods from Linguistics (especially Cognitive Linguistics) and Philosophy of Mind. All of them are connected by the basic assumption that mental processes can be conceived of as information processing, whether carried out in neurons or performed by computer hardware. This interdisciplinary research is increasingly accompanied by work directed at the application of its results in intelligent technical systems.
The German Society for Cognitive Science (GK) was founded in 1994 with the goal to support the scientific progress in Cognitive Science research and to create an over-arching institutional frame for cooperation between the participating disciplines. Within this frame, synergy effects between the different scientific approaches towards the same phenomena shall be advanced effectively. It is thereby the aspiration of GK to further Cognitive Science comprehensively, from academic teaching to research projects to the identification of its benefits for practical use and job prospects.