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.
In the CORE Lab, we try to answer questions like:
How do we organize what we know?
How do these processes change with development and experience?
How do we use that organization to make guesses about what we do not know?
What are the implications of these basic cognitive processes for real-world issues like education, social relations, and environmental literacy?
News from the CORE Lab
This past April, our very own Dr. John Coley and our collaborator Dr. Brian Helmuth from Northeastern's Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences gave a flash talk at a Northeastern event...
The CORE Lab had a great showing at Northeastern's 2023 Research and Creative Endeavor, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Expo (RISE). This was a great opportunity for our undergraduates...
On March 17th, CORE Lab graduate students Joan Kim and Eloise Davenport presented their Master's work at the 2023 Master's Convention for the Department of Psychology. Joan discussed her work...