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Cognitive Studies Concentration (CGST)

Coordinator: Professor Roy O. Elveton

Cognitive studies examines different approaches to questions concerning the nature of mind, the representation of knowledge, the acquisition, comprehension, and production of language, the development of learning and intelligence, and the assessment of "goodness of fit" between purportedly similar systems (e.g., the computer and the mind). Exploration of some or all of these questions has been and is being undertaken in such disciplines as cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, animal cognition, social cognition and others. The concentration in cognitive studies therefore represents a formal means of bringing together students and faculty in different disciplines who share common interests. We seek to enrich the view provided by any one discipline through an exploration of the contributions of others.

The concentration is designed for students majoring in psychology, philosophy, computer science or linguistics (as a special major), although all students are welcome.

Requirements for the Concentration:

To encourage breadth within the concentration, no more than four courses taken from a single department (or four Cognitive Studies courses cross-listed in a single department) may be counted toward the minimum seven required.

Introductory Courses:(Students must take both of the following):

CGST 230: Introduction to Cognitive Science

LING 115: Introduction to Theory of Syntax

Core Courses: (Students must take four courses, at least one of which must include a course with an emphasis on methodology, indicated below by an asterisk)

CGST 110: How to Build a Mind

CGST 240: Logic and Minds *

CGST 232/233: Cognitive Processes and Lab *

CGST 236: Thinking, Reasoning and Decision-Making* (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

CGST 380: Seminar in Developmental Psychology (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

CS 327: Artificial Intelligence

LING 215: Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language* (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

LING 237: Language and Mind (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

PHIL 210: Logic

PHIL 212: Epistemology

PSYC 234: Psychology of Language * (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology

PSYC 258/259: Social Cognition and Lab *

PSYC 332: Psychology of Music

PSYC 386: Adolescent Cognitive Development

Seminar:(Students must take at least one advanced seminar):

CGST 373: Categorizing Artifacts, People and Natural Kinds (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

CGST 386: Adolescent Cognitive Development (Not offered in 2000-2001.)

An advanced seminar in Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, or Psychology, designated in a particular year by the coordinator.

Cognitive Studies Courses