MindCORE is an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding the mind, drawing on tools from psychology, biology, neuroscience, and the humanities. The overarching goal of MindCORE is to support outreach, research and education related to the mind and brain. Topics relevant to MindCORE include, but are not limited, to perception, language use, memory, decision-making, social networks, and creativity.

MindCORE solicits proposals for the MindCORE Research Initiative Program. This program supports innovative interdisciplinary research in mind and brain within the University of Pennsylvania. Proposals are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 support cycle – click here for more information!

Proposal Deadline: January 10, 2019


Currently Supported Groups


Social and Behavioral Science Initiative (SBSI)

An understanding of the human mind, both its intelligent capacities and limitations or biases, is becoming increasingly important to explaining how human social, political and economic institutions work. Social and decision sciences use contemporary theories of behavioral decision-making, neuroeconomics, networks, and social evolution to understand how individuals and groups make decisions. It considers how to address a real-life problems in an array of fields, such as social and public policy, law, education, business, and medicine. Labs within this area will be co-located in Solomon Labs. Researchers will pay attention to populations who are not from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies which are populations that are oversampled in scientific studies and could potentially skew understanding of human behavior.


Integrated Language Science and Technology (ILST)

The Integrated Language Science and Technology (ILST) initiative is a research and training program that brings together members of the Penn community who are committed to the scientific study of human linguistic communication. Its primary purposes are to integrate the computational, structural, cognitive and neuroscientific study of speech, language and communication at Penn, and to channel its combined expertise to launch and facilitate the use of natural language technologies in research across the Penn community.


Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group (SCEW)

The Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group (SCEW) brings together researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in uniting evolutionary and social sciences to understand behavioral and social phenomena in humans and other animals.

Affiliated Penn Schools and Departments

Annenberg School for Communication

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Arts and Sciences (MindCORE’s Home School) 

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

The Wharton School

Department of Biology 

Department of Criminology

Department of Economics

Department of Linguistics

Department of Philosophy

Department of Psychology

Department of Neurology

Department of Neuroscience

Departments of Physics and Astronomy

Penn Sociology

Political Science Department

Penn Centers, Institutes, Laboratories, and Research Groups Studying Mind & Brain

Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab)

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Center for Functional Neuroimaging

Center for Neuroscience and Society

Cognition and Development Lab

Computational Memory Lab

Computational Neuroscience Initiative (CNI) 

Center for Neuroengineering & Therapeutics

Dahan Speech Recognition Lab

Geffen Laboratory of Auditory Coding at the University of Pennsylvania 

Infant Language Center

Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI)

Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS)

Hearing Sciences Center 

Language Development and Language Processing Lab 

Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)

Penn Database Group

Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center (PTNC)

Penn Phonetics Laboratory

Platt Labs

Smell and Taste Center 

Thompson-Schill Lab 

Vision Research Center (VRC) 

Wharton Neuroscience Initiative

Computational Biology Group

Computer Graphics at the University of Pennsylvania

General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Lab

Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME)

Korean NLP

Logic and Computation Group

Mathematics of Language (MOL)

Penn Perception

XTAG Research Group

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