Cognitive neuroscience

Learning, remembering, predicting – researchers aim to understand these processes from the molecular to the behavioral level. To this end, scientists from the fields of psychology, biology, medicine, philosophy and computer science cooperate, even extending their collaboration into sports science, education or geography. The team at Ruhr University Bochum works closely with the University Alliance Ruhr and its location at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Collaborative Research Centres

SFB 1280 Extinktionslernen

The team at this Collaborative Research Centre studies how previously acquired information can be unlearned.

Completed Collaborative Research Centre

Eine Person zeigt auf eine mikroskopische Aufnahme

This Collaborative Research Centre investigates how perception becomes memory.

ERC Grants

We are growing more and more dependent on digital navigation. Frank Dickmann is researching ways of improving our individual spatial orientation skills in spite of this trend.

How does cognition develop in a brain so completely different from ours?

We tend to notice the negative qualities of strangers more than the positive ones. Even if we don’t have any bad intentions.

The brain is capable of navigating complex environments. Grid cells play an important role in the process.

News in neuroscience

Research Groups and Research Training Groups

  • FOR 2812 “Constructing Scenarios of the Past”
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sen Cheng
  • GRK 2185 “Situated Cognition”
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Albert Newen
  • GRK 2862 “Monoaminergic Neuronal Networks & Disease”
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stefan Herlitze
  • Emmy Noether Group “Thought Experiments, Arguments, and the Role of Argumentation in Philosophy”
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Joachim Horvath
  • Emmy Noether-Gruppe „From Perception to Belief and Back Again – A Formal Epistemology of Perception“
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Peter Brössel
  • Freigeist Fellowship “Avian Cognitive Neuroscience”
    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jonas Rose

The cognition of corvids

A detailed article about the research in the framework of the Freigeist Fellowship Avian Cognitive Neuroscience can be found in the science magazine Rubin.

Detailed article


Porträt von Jürgen Margraf
As part of his selection for a Humboldt Professorship in 2009, Jürgen Margraf took over the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Ruhr University in the summer semester 2010.

Mar Rus-Calafell is affiliated with the Mental Health Research and Treatment Center.

Biopsychologist Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Onur Güntürkün from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience has been awarded the Leibniz Prize 2013.

Communicator Award

The biopsychologist Professor Onur Güntürkün received the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft in 2014.


German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Onur Güntürkün
  • Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Wolf
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf

North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Onur Güntürkün

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Onur Güntürkün

Young Academy of Europe

  • Prof. Dr. Mar Rus-Calafell

    ​​​​​​Academia Europaea

    • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf

    Collaboration within the University Alliance Ruhr

    Roll-up der Universitätsallianz Ruhr vorm Audimax
    Research Center One Health Ruhr
    UA Ruhr

    Further important collaborations

    Weltkarte, auf der verschiedene Länder blau eingefärbt sind
    • MPI Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
    • Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging, Netherlands
    • University of Sheffield, UK
    • University College London, UK
    • King’s College London, UK
    • Université Paris-Saclay, France
    • Karolinska Institut, Sweden
    • University of Helsinki, Finland
    • University of Haifa, Israel
    • Western University, USA
    • Princeton University, USA
    • Columbia University, USA
    • Yale University, USA
    • New York University, USA
    • Beijing Normal University, China
    • Monash University, Australia
    • University of Queensland, Australia
    Bildliche beispielhafte Darstellung eines Dokuments.
    Research at RUB
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