About-Brain, Mind & Learning - Carnegie Mellon University

Solving Real-World Problems

In the area of brain, mind and learning, Carnegie Mellon researchers are grappling with problems that are very real — and very complicated.

Some of them are applied, and relate to questions that many of us face on a daily basis.

  • How do we help young people with autism or dyslexia to learn?
  • How can we assist parents and grandparents with Alzheimer’s to lead better lives?
  • Is brain damage reversible?
  • Can people with spinal injuries be given prosthetic limbs that are guided by the brain?
  • How can computers best be used to help educate children? How about adults?

Other questions are more theoretical, but still have real-world applications.

  • What is the relationship between the brain and the mind?
  • Are the brains of today’s “wired” children different from those of their parents?
  • Do students really need professors if they have a computer to teach them?

Research That Spans Disciplines

Today, brain, mind and learning research takes place across the university.

Faculty members and their students in psychology, biological sciences, machine learning, computer science, robotics, human-computer interaction, statistics, social and decision sciences, and biomedical engineering are already engaged in this effort.

World class centers and initiatives — such as the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, the Scientific Imaging and Brain Research Center, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, the Open Learning Initiative, and the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging — are bringing CMU researchers together with colleagues from other departments and universities.

And we have unique graduate offerings, such as a Ph.D. program in neural computation and our Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research, that have distinguished the university on a national and international level.

Many universities are working in brain research, and all of them say they are different. But we mean it, and we have a track record to prove it.


To learn more about this initiative, and CMU’s plans for the future, please contact Peter F. Cohen, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, at 412-268-4395 or pfcohen@andrew.cmu.edu.