Cognition is the key to all things we humans accomplish, but the brain itself remains a mystery. Learning more about how we perceive, how we think, and the ways in which we're connected may be the most important endeavor of our time. The Wu Tsai Institute was launched on the premise that a comprehensive understanding of cognition is finally within reach.
Across our campus, Yale scientists study cognition at all scales. Researchers and clinicians look at molecules, genes, cells, systems, the whole brain, and human behavior. Psychologist Nicholas Turk-Browne ’09 PhD believes that advances in research, coupled with the latest computer science, have prepared us to unite these approaches—and, for the first time, to answer fundamental questions.
How do we learn? Why do we forget? What drives behavior? And how can brain function, perception, and reasoning be protected and enhanced? The Wu Tsai Institute’s motto, “to know, together,” reflects a deep belief that a committed, collaborative Yale is the right place for this vital work.