Undergraduate Training

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Training

Cognitive Science-Related Graduate Courses


Undergraduate Courses

COGSCI 198Directed Group Study
Seminar for the group study of selected topics. Topics may be initated by students subject to the approval of the major advisor.

COGSCI 199Supervised Independent Study
Independent study and research by arrangement with faculty.

COGSCI 201Graduate Seminar on the Mind and Language
Thought appears to be grounded in the sensorimotor system, and to grow out of the nature of the physical brain and body; human reason also makes extensive and fundamental use of imaginative mechanisms such as metaphor and metonymy. The readings in this course review that evidence, much of which comes from the study of how people categorize and reason using categories. The course will include both discussions and research projects appropriate to students in each of the disciplines.

COGSCI 237ACognitive Science Graduate Seminar
Weekly presentations by local and visiting researchers on a range of topics in Cognitive Science, with ensuing discussion.

COGSCI 237BCognitive Science Graduate Seminar
Weekly presentations by local and visiting researchers on a range of topics in Cognitive Science, with ensuing discussion.

COGSCI 300Teaching Cognitive Science
This course will provide training in a variety of teaching techniques, will review relevant pedagogical issues, and will assist undergraduate students in mastering their initial teaching experiences.

COGSCI 84Sophomore Seminar
Sophomore seminars are designed for students considering a major in the sponsoring department. They are small, interactive courses in which students will encounter a topic typical of the discipline and become acquainted with the approaches and methods of scholars in that field. Sophomore seminars offer an opportunity for close, regular contact between faculty and students in the crucial second year.

COGSCI C1Introduction to Cognitive Science
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research in such fields as artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness. Sections will demonstrate some of the major methodologies. Also listed as Education C1.

COGSCI C100Basic Issues in Cognitive Science
Theoretical foundations and current controversies in cognitive science will be discussed. Basic issues in cognition--including perception, imagery, memory, categorization, thinking, judgment, and development will be considered from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, computer science, and physiology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nature, implications, and limitations of the computational model of mind. Also listed as Psychology C120B.

COGSCI C101The Mind and Language
Conceptual systems and language from the perspective of cognitive science. How language gives insight into conceptual structure, reasoning, category-formation, metaphorical understanding, and the framing of experience. Cognitive versus formal linguistics. Implications from and for philosophy, anthropology, literature, artificial intelligence, and politics. Also listed as Linguistics C105.

COGSCI C102Scientific Approaches to Consciousness
This course will examine the nature of human consciousness from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. It will cover topics from the philosophy of mind, cognitive linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computational models. Also listed as Psychology C129.

COGSCI C107The Mind and Mathematics
The analysis of mathematical ideas from the perspective of cognitive science. How ordinary mechanisms of mind (e.g., conceptual metaphor and blending) characterize laws of arithmetic, sets, logic, trigonometry, exponentials, and imaginary numbers. The Basic Metaphor of Infinity and its application to infinite sets, points at infinity, infinitessimals, transfinite numbers, and limits. The meaning of Euler's equation e(pi) + 1 = 0. Why mathematics is not an objective feature of the universe. Also listed as Linguistics C107.

COGSCI C108The Challenge of Cognitive Science to Western Philosophy
Three major results of cognitive science are inconsistent with most of Western philosophy: the embodiment of mind, the cognitive unconscious, and metaphorical thought. The course rethinks philosophy from a cognitive science perspective, including basic philosophical concepts--time events, causation, the mind, the self, and morality--and the cognitive structure of the philosophical theories of the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, analytic philosophy (especially Quine), and Chomsky. Also listed as Linguistics C108.

COGSCI C110The Neural Basis of Thought and Language
This is a course on the current status of interdisciplinary studies that seeks to answer the following questions: (1) How is it possible for the human brain, which is a highly structured network of neurons, to think and to learn, use, and understand language? (2) How are language and thought related to perception, motor control, and our other neural systems, including social cognition? (3) How do the computational properties of neural systems and the specific neural structures of the human brain shape the nature of thought and language? Much of the course will focus on the Neural Theory of Language (NTL), which seeks to answer these questions in terms of architecture and mechanism, using models and simulations of language and learning phenomena. Also listed as Computer Science C182 and Linguistics C109.

COGSCI C124Psycholinguistics
Introduction to psycholinguistics, emphasizing effects of psychological variables on the learning and use of language, influence of language behavior on psychological processes; special attention to psychological applicability of modern linguistic theory and to social psychological aspects of language behavior. Also listed as Psychology C124.

COGSCI C126Perception
An introduction to principal theoretical constructs and experimental procedures in visual and auditory perception. Topics will include psychophysics; perception of color, space, shape, and motion; pattern recognition and perceptual attention. Also listed as Psychology C126.

COGSCI C127Cognitive Neuroscience
This course will examine research investigating the neurological basis of cognition. Material covered will include the study of brain-injured patients, neurophysiological research in animals, the study of normal cognitive processes in humans with non-invasive behavioral and physiological techniques (e.g., PET scan, brain waves), and computer modelling. Topics to be covered include visual perception and object recognition, attention, motor control, language, and development. Also listed as Psychology C127.

COGSCI C200Graduate Issues in Cognitive Science
This course will consist of an introduction to cognitive science at the graduate level. The class will include consideration of topics in perception, reasoning, decision-making and learning, from the perspectives of different disciplines. Also listed as Psychology C220F.

COGSCI H195ASpecial Study for Honors Candidates
Independent study and preparation of an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

COGSCI H195BSpecial Study for Honors Candidates
Independent study and preparation of an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.