Cognition is about the amazing things people’s minds do, such as learn, think, and decide. Cognition is not a simple process.

People use diverse sets of strategies, skills, and techniques to learn new things, reason through different ideas, solve problems, and decide among options. Some ways work better than others. The best approach often depends on the situation.

There are strong social and cultural elements to cognition. Our cultural backgrounds influence our basic mental routines and strategies, as well as the beliefs and values we hold on to.

Learning, thinking, and decision making typically involve interactions with other people. They are rarely performed in isolation, and increasingly rely on collaboration and negotiation with a wide variety of people across the planet.

Global Cognition studies these issues in order to discover how human minds work, understand how cognition can be enhanced, and determine how a better understanding of cognition can improve the world we live in.


Founding Members

Winston Sieck Winston Sieck is president and principal scientist at Global Cognition.  He studies the strategies people use to learn, think, and make decisions, and how these strategies differ across cultures and levels of expertise.  He received his PhD in cognitive psychology and MA in statistics from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Winston Sieck.



Louise Rasmussen Louise Rasmussen is a senior scientist at Global Cognition.  Her research aims to characterize effective cognition and performance in intercultural situations to inform cultural training and education. She received her PhD in human factors psychology from Wright State University. Learn more about Louise Rasmussen.


Funding and Partnerships

The scientists at Global Cognition have been awarded research funding from a variety of U.S. government agencies, such as DLNSEO, NSF, ONR, and IARPA.

They have also participated in several large multidisciplinary and transnational research programs, including the Human Social Cultural Behavioral Modeling Program, and the US/UK International Technology Alliance in Network Sciences led by IBM.

Global Cognition researchers often collaborate with diverse partners, including members of universities, research institutes, government agencies, and companies to solve problems involving cognition.


Professional Society Affiliations