Authoritative and unrivaled, MIT CogNet is the essential research tool for scholars in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Since its inception in 2000, MIT CogNet has become an essential resource for those interested in cutting-edge primary research across the range of fields that study the nature of the human mind. 2015 marks the launch of a new, enhanced MIT CogNet.

Foundational and Cutting-Edge Content


The full text of more than 750 books published by the MIT Press are included in MIT CogNet. MARC bibliographic records now conform to the RDA standard. New content is added on an ongoing and regular basis.

Reference Works

MIT CogNet offers the complete text of major cognitive science reference works published by the MIT Press, including several foundational works in the field. MIT CogNet also offers previous editions of reference works, many of which contain unique material. Full-text content of 12 core reference works include:

  • The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (Wilson, Keil)
  • The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2nd edition (Arbib)
  • The Visual Neurosciences, Volumes 1 and 2 (Chalupa, Werner)
  • Handbook of Functional Neuroimaging of Cognition, 2nd edition (Cabeza, Kingstone)
  • Principles and Practice of Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision, 2nd edition (Heckenlively, Arden)
  • Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd edition (Nelson, Luciana)
  • The Cognitive Neurosciences, 4th edition (Gazzaniga)
  • The Cognitive Neurosciences, 5th edition (Gazzaniga)
  • The Handbook of Multisensory Processes (Calvert, Spence, Stein)
  • Status Epilepticus: Mechanisms and Management (Wasterlain, Treiman)
  • The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (Kent)
  • The New Handbook of Multisensory Processing (Stein)


MIT CogNet provides access to the full text of nine MIT Press journals. These journals form the core of the MIT Press Journals science and technology publishing program. Included are:

Artificial Life
Computational Linguistics
Evolutionary Computation
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Linguistic Inquiry
Neural Computation
Computational Psychiatry
Network Neuroscience
Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science


Though we launched nearly two decades ago, we haven't stopped improving and growing MIT CogNet. Highlights of the product include:

  • New content added regularly
  • DRM-free book, reference, and journal content means you can print the pages you need to read later
  • Integrated book, reference, and journal search  
  • New MITECS (The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences)-based taxonomy for better browsing
  • New state-of-the-art server and Drupal-based platform for greatly improved performance and stability
  • A clean, modern, and responsive design
  • Integration with Hypothes.is
Highlight and Annotate with Hypothes.is

Hypothes.is is an open source tool that allows users to discuss, collaborate, and organize research. It is a discrete layer that sits atop web pages as a way to collect comments. Make notes, statements, or questions with Hypothes.is—then save them for your private reference or share them publicly. All MIT CogNet visitors will see the Hypothes.is tools in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. These tools are persistent across all content pages—PDF versions and full-text HTML alike. When logged into your Hypothes.is account, you can make and save annotations for any book, journal, or reference work. Check out our handy guide for screenshots and step-by-step instructions on using Hypothes.is with all content on the MIT CogNet platform.

While Hypothes.is is fully integrated with the content pages of MIT CogNet, all questions regarding customer service, support, and technical issues with the tool should be directed to the Hypothes.is Help Center.

For Librarians (see “For Librarians” for more)

  • Counter4-compliant usage reporting
  • Free OCLC MARC records and KBART files
  • Scaled institutional pricing based on Carnegie classifications
  • Free promotional materials