Courses

See the requirements for the concentration for more information on courses in other departments that are relevant to cognitive studies.

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  • CGSC 100: How We Make Important Decisions

    This Argument and Inquiry seminar will focus on how individuals and groups of people make important decisions, both personal and professional, and how teams of people make policy decisions. We'll look at reasoning and decision-making from a variety of frameworks, including those of formal logic, cognitive psychology, social psychology, scientific hypothesis testing, business management. Case studies of major political, economic, or technology policy decisions will be examined and discussed. Students will also analyze and reflect on their own academic and career decisions, learning to describe and explore different decision-making styles and approaches.  6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2015 · K. Galotti
  • CGSC 130: Rationality, Intuition, and the Nature of Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science

    An inerdisciplinary examination of issues involving thinking, reasoning, and decision-making; mental representation; language, perception, and the acquisition of new knowledge; and the development of learning and intelligence. The course will draw on relevant work from diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience, and will provide an overview of the history and pracive of the newly-emerging field of cognitive science. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 130

     Fall 2010 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 130: What Minds Are, and What They Do: An Introduction to Cognitive Science

    An interdisciplinary examination of issues concerning the mind and mental phenomena. The course will draw on work from diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience. Topics to be discussed include: the mind-body problem, embodied cognition, perception, representation, reasoning, and learning. 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 130

    Syllabus Spring 2015 - Professor Decker

  • CGSC 130: The Musical Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science

    An interdisciplinary examination of issues concerning the mind and mental phenomena involved in the uniquely human activity of making and understanding music. The course will draw on psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, biology, and philosophy. Topics to be discussed include: the embodied cognition of rhythm; linguistic syntax and musical structure; mental representations of musical sound and action; musical learning and development; tone and beat deafness; and perfect pitch and neural plasticity. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2015 · J. London
  • CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes

    Cross-listed with PSYC 232. An introduction to the study of mental activity. Topics include attention, pattern recognition and perception, memory, concept formation, categorization, and cognitive development. Some attention to gender and individual differences in cognition, as well as cultural settings for cognitive activities. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: Psychology 233. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Cognitive Science/Psychology 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement. 6 credit; Science with Lab, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2016 · K. Galotti
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 232

    Fall '14 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Science

    Cross-listed with PSYC 233. Students will participate in the replication and planning of empirical studies, collecting and analyzing data relevant to major cognitive phenomena. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: Psychology 232. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Cognitive Science/Psychology 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement. 2 credit; Science with Lab; offered Winter 2016 · K. Galotti
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 233

    Fall '14 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 236: Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making

    An examination of the way people think and reason, both when given formal laboratory tasks and when facing problems and decisions in everyday life. Students consider their own reasoning and decision making through course exercises. Topics include models of formal reasoning, decision making, heuristics and biases in thinking and problem-solving, moral reasoning, improving skills of higher order cognition. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or Cognitive Science 100 or 130. 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Formal or Statistical Reasoning, Writing Requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • CGSC 330: Embodied Cognition

    This seminar will consider recent work in philosophy, cognitive science and linguistics critical of views of human cognition as "disembodied" and Cartesian. Philosophical sources of the early critiques of symbolic AI and "cartesianism" will be considered (Heidegger, Dewey), as will the linguistic theories of George Lakoff and Ray Jackendoff and recent and current work on embodied cognition by Eleanor Rosch, Hubert Dreyfus, John Haugeland, Andy Clark and Herbert Brooks. The seminar will include materials relevant to students in philosophy, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130, or Cognitive Science/Psychology 232 or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
  • CGSC 380: Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years

    We will consider the development of memory, perception, and attention, as well as concepts and categorization, problem-solving and thinking, during the years from two to six. We will focus particularly on how these developments are reflected in children's spontaneous behavior and play. Course requirements will include readings, class discussions, short papers, a final project, and regular observation of preschoolers or kindergarteners. Prerequisites: Psychology 250 or Educational Studies 234 or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 380

    Winter 2015 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 385: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

    We will consider the development of memory, perception, and attention, as well as concepts and categorization, problem-solving and thinking, during the years from six to 11. We will focus particularly on how these developments are reflected in children's academic learning and social relationships. Course requirements will include readings, class discussions, short papers, a final project, and regular observation of school-aged children. Prerequisites: Psychology 250 or Educational Studies 234 or permission of instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 385

     Fall 2011 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 386: Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans

    An examination of recent literature on how adolescents develop their value system, explore their goals, begin to make life-framing decision, establish new relationships, and discover answers to the question "Who am I?" Course readings will involve primary literature, and the course is discussion-based. Prerequisites: Psychology 250, Educational Studies 234 or consent of the instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 386

    Fall 2013 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 394: Collaborative Research in Cognitive Science

    This course will be centered around a collaborative research project in cognitive science. Students enrolled will meet with the instructor to complete background readings and discussions, then will create recruiting materials, consent forms, IRB applications, debriefing statements, stimuli, and task instructions. They will then gather data from research participants and participate in data entry, analysis, and writing up the results. This course may be repeated multiple terms. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 233 or Psychology 233. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • CGSC 396: Directed Research in Cognitive Studies

    Senior majors in cognitive studies will work with the director to develop a thesis proposal for their comps project. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. 3 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · K. Galotti