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Looking for fonts that have anything to do with cognitive science. E.g., a type that somehow evokes either brains, thoughts, science, biology, psychology, connectionist networks, mind, etc. Anyone know of any?

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Do you have an example of what you mean? –  Ryan Nov 21 '12 at 23:35

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The font Computer Modern has been used in a lot of scientific publishing due to its association with TeX, and use for mathematical notation, etc. It was created by Professor Donald Knuth and is free and open source.

I have no idea what the OP really has in mind because he hasn't really given an example, but when I think of fonts used in scientific publishing I think computer modern.

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Cognitive science has a great deal to do with network theory, rhizomic connections, etc. I would consider something very structured for your main type (Univers perhaps).

In the headline you could use the type to play up the network aspect by creating nodes and connections between the characters. You could painstakingly do it by hand. I would spend some time at Scriptographer.org and see what automated solution might be available.

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Great idea--I was thinking of using a node-like theme because it could be used for both lettering and the overall aesthetic (i.e. nodes connecting sections of text to associated images, etc) –  Tyler Alterman Nov 23 '12 at 0:17

Emotion in design is very subjective and different colours, shapes and even typefaces will have different connotations and can evoke different sensations based on the culture of context in which they're viewed. For example, say you live in a country that uses Arial for almost all government forms, Arial will have a different meaning to you than in a country where this is not true.

Check out Will Harris's blog for a more in depth discussion, or this article on cruzine for some great examples of evocative typography.

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If you need this for a poster / publication, I would probably go for something "neutral" and clean. I see cognitive sciences as a search for meaning and connection, so I wouldn't charge it with fonts that can easily relate to more concepts. Alternatively, if you want something with personality, that would be the keyword I'd use, a font that looks personal and "human".

A good starting point is http://www.myfonts.com/, you can do an advance search based on keywords and fields.

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