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We focus on Outreach, Research, and Education related to the integrative study of the mind.

MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education) was established as one of the School of Arts and Sciences’ key endeavors under the “Mapping the Mind” initiative identified in the School’s strategic plan, Foundations and Frontiers. Designed to unite researchers, programs, and initiatives involving human intelligence and behavior across the University, and with roots in the success of the former Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, MindCORE officially launched January 2018.

A main focus of our center is to catalyze new research on the mind and foster innovative collaborations between different departments and centers within Penn Arts & Sciences, as well as with other Penn schools including the Perelman School of Medicine, Wharton, Engineering, and the Annenberg School for Communication. MindCORE helps consolidate these activities within one umbrella organization and supports them strategically with resources such as seed funds, technology, staffing, and programming to make them more efficient, visible and impactful.

MindCORE participates in a variety of outreach programs, including lectures, partnerships with local museums and community organizations, and community science initiatives, to engage the academic community and the public.

MindCORE facilitates more interaction among a number of brain- and behavior-related undergraduate programs including psychology, biology, linguistics, and Biological Basis of Behavior and is home to the Cognitive Science major. In addition, there are opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research and disseminate the results.


Penn MindCORE is an interdisciplinary eort to understand human intelligence and behavior. Research programs in MindCORE bring together faculty with diverse approaches to the study of the mind, from disciplines in the Arts & Sciences ranging from Psychology, Biology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Physics to Economics, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, and Philosophy; and they bridge to centers and departments in Medicine, Wharton, Engineering, and Annenberg.  MindCORE supports undergraduate and graduate programs that are educating the next generation of students of the mind.  MindCORE promotes cutting-edge research, increases the broader societal impact of new knowledge about human behavior and decision making gained from current research, and works to influence public policy and education through coordinated outreach programs.


MindCORE provides grant support to innovative interdisciplinary research in mind and brain within the University of Pennsylvania. We currently fund three initiatives: the Social and Behavior Science Initiative (SBSI), the Integrated Language Science and Technology Initiative (ILST), and the Social and Cultural Evolution Working (SCEW) group. Proposals for the  2021-2022 support cycle will open in Fall of 2020. The more recent call for proposals is available here.

Conference Family Care Grant supports affiliated conference attendees who incur extra family care expenses to attend conferences important to career progression.

MindCORE Activity Fund provides support to initiatives and activities that build and enhance the mind & brain community at Penn.