Purpose of Collection:

The Cognitive Science collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. The collection reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Cognitive Science program, and focuses on study of human and artificial cognition integrating research from experimental psychology, theoretical and computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience and other related areas to address questions about learning, knowing, and thinking.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Cognitive Sciences Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Cognitive Science (general)
    • Journals, collections and monographs with ‘cognitive science’ or cognate in the title that provide an overview of the field of cognitive science. Cognates include but are not limited to ‘cognition’, ‘theory/ies of cognition’, ‘model/s of cognition’, ‘cognitive architecture’, ‘mind’, ‘cognitive system’
  • Biological Foundations of Cognition
    • Visual representations, genetics, information processing; sensory and representational development and understanding.
  • Children's thinking
    • Children's thinking and language, development of language and literacy, the development of numeracy, mathematical cognition, comprehension and understanding of complex cognitive tasks, Theory of the Mind and executive function.
  • Cognition and Psychology
    • Human cognitive behaviour, psychological research of cognition, aviation psychology, knowledge representation, problem solving, information processing, human performance and attention and numerical and lexical cognition.
  • Cognition and Computation
    • Symbolic and sub-symbolic artificial intelligence, algorithms, heuristics, knowledge representation, computational logic, genetic algorithms, computer modeling of cognitive processes, human-computer interfaces, software as collaborative media, visualization in humans and machines, intelligent information systems and symbolic machine learning and collective intelligence.
  • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistic applications of logic and proof theory; linguistic theories and grammatical architecture; language and logic, psycholinguistics, natural language processing, text comprehension, language perception, theoretical and computational linguistics, linguistic development, neurolinguistics and time constrained memory.
  • Logic, Language and Information
    • Computational linguistics, language modelling and simulation, language acquisition, neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
  • Modelling and simulation
    • Various forms of modelling and simulation of cognitive processes and embodied cognitive tasks. Modelling platforms such a Visuo, ACT-R and Net Logo.
  • Natural language processing and simulation
    • Phonetics, phonology, prosody, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, field linguistics, language change, word recognition, speech perception, cross-linguistics variation, and language and culture.
  • Philosophy of Mind, Language and Science
    • Philosophy of cognitive science, consciousness, mind and language, psychological explanation, history of cognitive science, psychophysics, theory and philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and philosophy of the social sciences, metaphysics.
  • Application of cognitive science research
    • Topics that relate to the application of cognitive science to real world problems to inform such areas as mathematics education, gaming, visualization, team-oriented technology, spatial cognition applied to navigation and language training.

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Collect materials primarily from Canada and the United States as well as selectively from other countries.


English-language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Other languages collected upon faculty request.


Includes books, journals, handbooks, conference proceedings, government documents in print and online format.


Self help books, popular works

Additional Collection Information

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