Undergraduate Course Listings

Description of Courses Offered by Cognitive Science

185:201 Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (4 credits) is a lecture/recitation course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the diverse set of concepts and formal and experimental techniques used in cognitive science. Taught in Fall semesters.

185:253 Human Nature and Diversity (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by Stephen Stich. In an era of globalization everybody talks about diversity, but how much do you actually know about human nature and human diversity? Why is there so much diversity in sex and gender, race, diet, morality and norms, political views, religious beliefs, cognition, perceptions, and emotions?  Is this just human nature?  Are there any universals in human nature?
Course satisfies the Core Curriculum: 21st Century Challenges [21C] and Arts and Humanities [AHo]

185:301 Cognition and Decision Making (4 credits) is a lecture/recitation course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the subjects of reasoning and decision-making as a means of exploring a number of issues central to the field of cognitive science. Taught in Spring semesters.
Course satisfies Core Curriculum: Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QQ).

185:310 The Concepts of "Concepts" in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the study of concepts from a broad interdisciplinary point of view, surveying how concepts are understood in Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science and Neuroscience. Emphasis is on both differences in how these various disciplines view concepts as well as commonalities in the underlying ideas.

185:320 Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to a foundation for thinking critically about research in cognitive science. Topics may include the scientific method and consideration of strengths and weaknesses of a range of approaches, statistical reasoning and principles for ethical conduct of research.

185:395/396  Research in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a supervised research internship in cognitive science. May include laboratory/library research. Final written report required. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor.

185:401 Visual Intelligence (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by several instructors. This course aims to introduce students to the study of visual intelligence from a computational and behavioral point of view. The emphasis is on understanding the representations that our visual systems generate, and the computations that are used to generate them.
Pre- or co-requisites: 1. Sensation & Perception (830:301). May be taken concurrently. 2. Statistics I (960:211) or Quantitative Methods in Psychology (830:200) [NOTE: must have earned a B or higher in 2.]

185:410 Language and Cognition (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. Topics may include speech perception, language acquisition, priming, disorders, speech errors, sentence processing, memory, color, and numerosity.
Course satisfies Core Curriculum: Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QQ).

185:411 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (4 credits) is a seminar course team-taught by faculty affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Science. Faculty from psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science will give single seminars in which they show how these diverse set of concepts and formal and experimental techniques are used to address a particular problem within cognitive science. Taught in Spring semesters.
Pre- or co-requisites: course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology or being assigned a permission number by the instructor.

185:412 Advanced Topics II in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a multi-sectioned course with each section investigating advanced problems and issues in cognitive science. Check the Center’s Upcoming Courses Webpage for titles, descriptions, and requirements of any sections being offered.

185:430 Cognitive Neuroscience Through Case Studies (4 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. Students will become knowledgeable about the structure and function of the human brain in people who do and do not have acquired or developmental brain disorders. Topics will include methods, vision, attention, movement and sensation, memory, neurodevelopment, and language, among others.
Pre- or co-requisites: Introduction to Cog Sci (185:201) or General Psychology (830:101)

185:495/496 Research in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a supervised research experience or independent study. May include library or laboratory research. Written agreement with supervisor and final written report required.
Pre- or co-requisites: Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (185:201) OR Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (185:411), an approved formal/analytic course, and permission of instructor and undergraduate program director. Open only to juniors and seniors.

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