The annual membership fee is for the current calendar year, January through December.

IMPORTANT: The membership software is currently being upgraded which might cause some disturbance logging into your member account.  Please contact the Secretariat if you are unable to access your account.

Your membership dues help support important activities by the Society, including our expanding accessibility, communications, diversity, and environmental responsibility initiatives. Most importantly, members help us achieve our mission to expand our understanding of the human mind, to promote Cognitive Science as a discipline, and to foster scientific interchange among researchers in various areas of study, including Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Education, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychology.

Membership Categories


Regular Membership:
Applies to all individuals who are active in cognitive science research.


Early Career Membership:
Applies to all individuals who have completed their terminal degree and have begun their career within 3 years of their terminal degree.


Student/Post-Doc Membership:
Applies to students enrolled in any full-time, degree-granting programs at an institution of higher learning, as well as post-doctoral fellows.


Retiree Membership:
Applies to all individuals who have retired from the field of cognitive science.


Lifetime Membership:
Applies to all regular members who desire to indicate their commitment to cognitive science research (and pay no more dues for life)

Membership Dues

The membership year is from January 1 – December 31.  Dues are in USD.

  • Regular membership: $95
  • Early Career membership: $75
  • Student & Post Doc membership: $50
  • Retiree membership: $30
  • Lifetime membership: $1,500

Pay-what-you-can option

We acknowledge that not everyone can contribute the full amount of the annual membership.  We do appreciate if you are able to contribute the minimum suggested amounts below.  If you are unable to make a financial contribution, you can renew or join for free. 

  • Regular membership: $25
  • Early Career membership: $15
  • Student & Post Doc membership: $10
  • Retiree membership: $10


If any of the above information is unclear, or you are having difficulties renewing/paying for your membership, please contact us to ensure your membership is processed accordingly.

Member Benefits

Membership in the Society includes:

Journal Access

Web-based electronic access to Cognitive Science Journal and Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS)

Registration Deals

Reduced registration fees at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Subscription Deals

Reduced subscription rates to the journals Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Trends in Neurosciences, and Connection Science

Subscription Deals

Reduced subscription rate to the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence

Book Discounts

Discounted book prices from select publishers


Online access to Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.  To date, 1681 trees have been planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

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