R.B. is a student of theoretical physics, cognitive psychology, theoretical linguistics, and philosophy of mind. He finished a Ph.D. in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Karl Marx University of Leipzig, with a dissertation on Multiple Particle Spectra in the Multi-Regge Model (1975). Further, he finshed a habilitation thesis in Theoretical Linguistics at the Humboldt University Berlin (1995).
R.B. has started his scientific carrier at the East German Academy of science. Later, he taught linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin and artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam (where he also gave courses on the philosophy of mind, intensional logic, and quantum cognition). Further, he gave courses at the University of Krakow, the Stanford University (Nassli), the University of Bloomington (Nassli), the University of Oslo, the Universities of Stockholm and Ljubljana (ESSLLI), and at many places in Germany.
R.B. has several books and about hundred publications. His research interests concern the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, bidirectional optimality theory, lexical pragmatics, symbolic-connectionist integration, quantum cognition, and reasoning with uncertainty. Since his retirement in summer 2013 his work is concentrated on quantum cognition, including applications in the cognitive science of music.