Conceptual Organization, Reasoning, and Education Lab

The CORE Lab explores how people organize and use their knowledge of the world.

About the Core Lab

Established in 1998, the Conceptual Organization, Reasoning, and Education (CORE) Lab is located in the Psychology Department at Northeastern University. The CORE Lab provides a challenging and supportive environment in which undergraduates, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and Lab Director Professor John Coley collaboratively explore basic questions in cognitive science about how people organize and use their knowledge about the world. 

This lab’s work is framed by the view that humans possess powerful intuitive frameworks arising from an interaction of evolved cognitive structures, personal experience, and culture. These “cognitive construals” provide fast and efficient, but potentially fallible guidelines for dealing with complex information. We are committed to applying cognitive science to domains like education, environmentalism, and social relations, and have built an extensive network of cross-disciplinary collaborations to do so.

Our work has been supported by over $3 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, and we are known for providing students from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and interests with the opportunity to contribute to cutting edge cognitive science research that matters.

News from the CORE Lab

CORE Lab Spotlight: Tobe Chima

CORE Lab Spotlight: Tobe Chima

We sat down with Coop Research Coordinator Tobe Chima to find out more about her take on the coop position, the CORE Lab, and life in general. What interested you about the CORE Lab coop position? I...

Plymouth Eco Art Installation

Plymouth Eco Art Installation

Members of the CORE Lab (Rachel Mutombo and Kyleigh Watson along with Dr. Coley), in collaboration with the Cognitive Laboratory for Environmental and Arts Research (CLEAR), participated in an event...