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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Computational Cognitive Science

CCS logoThe Computational Cognitive Science group aims at advancing the theoretical foundations of computational explanations in cognitive science (i.e., the multidisciplinary study of cognition).

Our approach is characterized by the use of conceptual analysis, computational and formal modeling, computational complexity analysis, and computer simulations. The formalisms studied by the group span the gamut of cognitive science modeling approaches, including symbolic, neural network, probabilistic (e.g. Bayesian), dynamical, logic, and heuristic models of cognition.

By taking a meta-theoretical and meta-science perspective we also contribute to critical reflection on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques (computational modeling, in particular) in science and society.

Name: Iris van Rooij
Telephone: 024-3612645
Visiting address:

Donders Centre for Cognition
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship & Prize 2020-2021
  • DCC PhD grant (2020), ‘How to grow an internal model: A toolbox for the computational modeler.’
  • DCC PhD grant (2019), ‘The cognitive and interactional infrastructure of adaptive language use.’
  • Co-PI in Language in Interaction Big Question 3 ‘Creating a shared cognitive space’ and Big Question 5 ‘The inferential cognitive geometry of language and action planning’
Key publications
  • Guest, O., & Martin, A. E. (2021). How computational modeling can force theory building in psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science 16(4), 789-802.
  • van Rooij, I., & Baggio, G. (2021). Theory before the test: How to build high-verisimilitude explanatory theories in psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(4) 682–697.
  • Rich, P., Blokpoel, M., de Haan, R., & van Rooij, I. (2020). How intractability spans the cognitive and evolutionary levels of explanation. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1-21.
  • van Rooij, I., Blokpoel, M., Kwisthout, J., Wareham, T. (2019). Intractability and Cognition: A guide to classical and parameterized complexity analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blokpoel, M. (2018). Sculpting computational-level models. Topics in Cognitive Science, 10(3), 641-648.


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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Research Group
Computational Cognitive Science

Principal Investigator
Prof. Iris van Rooij

Group members

Senior researchers
Dr. Mark Blokpoel
Dr. Olivia Guest
Dr. Annelies Kleinherenbrink

Postdoctoral researchers
Dr. Marieke Woensdregt

Laura van de Braak
Erwin de Wolff
Nils Donselaar
Iris van de Pol

Interns/research assistants
Sara Møller Østergaard
Manthan Gadhia

Master students
Mignon Hagemeijer
Yue Chen

Affiliated researchers
Prof. Todd Wareham
Dr. Joshua Skewes