We explore the social and biological aspects of human cognition and behavior: how learning, processing and sharing information takes place, and how the interplay between the human mind and sociocultural practices affects people’s actions. Students, together with faculty, carry out interdisciplinary research right from the start, drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematical modeling, linguistics and the social sciences. 

Our department runs several research projects funded by the European Research Council in state-of-the-art research facilities with technology for infant studies, eye and motion tracking, music, EEG and NIRS. Our vibrant, multicultural community also hosts weekly colloquium talks, and regular conferences and workshops to exchange ideas and network with fellow researchers. 

Program offered

• Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science

Research areas

  • Behavioral economics  
  • Cognition and culture  
  • Cognitive development  
  • Cooperation  
  • Computational models  
  • Embodied cognition  
  • Infant social cognition  
  • Joint action  
  • Learning and memory  
  • Social cognitive neuroscience
  • Statistical learning  
  • Visual perception

Why CEU?

• Students and faculty from 115 countries
• Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
• Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
• 8:1 student/faculty ratio
• Based in Budapest and Vienna


In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country. 

Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid

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