Founded in 2003, the Cognitive Sciences Institute of UQAM constitutes a multifaculty unit under the faculties of Social sciences and of Sciences; it is also multidepartmental. It is intended to promote research and skills development in the field of cognitive sciences. The CSI is made up of researchers whose areas of expertise cover practically the entire field. It acts as a point of convergence for the activities of existing research teams and is also open to their external partners.

Four research clusters have been defined that create links between, and structure, the members’ research programs. Coordinating activities in dynamic clusters also favors the recruitment of students and ensures that they receive an integrated education in cognitive sciences.