Knowledge and culture

Horizon Program Knowledge and Culture

In various domains of cognitive science, evidence is emerging that humans and non-human animals are born with core knowledge systems: a small set of hard-wired cognitive abilities that build mental representations of objects, persons, spatial relationships, and numerosity. In addition to core knowledge systems, humans possess species-specific cognitive abilities such as language and music. In this research program, four domains of the humanities are investigated from the point of view of core knowledge: music cognition; language and the core knowledge of number; visual arts and geometry; and poetry, rhythm, and meter.