Concentration Requirements

Cognitive Science Concentration (CGSC)

Director: Professor Kathleen M. Galotti

Cognitive Science 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, the use of information to draw inferences and make decisions, 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, social cognition and others. The concentration in Cognitive Science 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 or the methodologies 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.

REQUIRED COURSES

26 credits (four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

Course Grade(s) Credits Completed
CGSC 130   6  
Two of the following:
LING 115
CS 111
PHIL 210
  6x2=12  
CGSC 232/233 or PSYCH232/233   8  

Total specified credits: 26

ELECTIVE COURSES

24 credits (four courses) from the list below. At least one must be a 300-level course.

Course Term Grade(s) Credits Completed
         
         
         
         

Total elective credits:24

TOTAL CREDITS: 50


Requirements for the Concentration:

  • 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
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 100

    Fall 2015 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 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
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 130

     

    Fall 2015 Syllabus: Professor London

  • CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes

    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 instructor permission. Concurrent registraiton in Cognitive Science 2322. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement.; Cognitive Science 233. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Science with Lab; offered Winter 2016 · K. Galotti
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 232

    Winter' 16 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • CGSC 233: Laboratory Research Methods in Cognitive Science

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

    Winter '16 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; Social Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 236

    Winter 2015 Syllabus: Professor Galotti

  • 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; offered Fall 2015 · K. Galotti
  • 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: Instructor Permission 3 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · K. Galotti

Major Requirements

To encourage breadth within the concentration, normally no more than four courses taken from a single department or program may be counted toward the minimum eight required.

Core Courses: (26 credits- four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

CGSC 130 Introduction to Cognitive Science

CGSC/PSYC 232/233 Cognitive Processes and laboratory in Cognitive Processes (8 credits)

Plus any two of the following courses:

CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

LING 115 Introduction to Theory of Syntax

PHIL 210 Logic

Elective Courses: 24 credits from the following list. At least one must be a 300-level course.

To ensure sufficient interdisciplinarity, no more than four courses may be taken from any one department or program.

  • BIOL 365 Topics in Neuroscience (not offered in 2015-16)
  • BIOL 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 How We Make Important Decisions
  • CGSC 130 How to Build A Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 380 Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 100 Human Centered Computing (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 107 Explorations in Computer Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Cognition
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Applications (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 395 Advanced Topics in Behavioral and Experimental Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 230 Language and Aspect (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 265 Language and Brain (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 270 Speech, Language & Evolution (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics
  • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars: Logic, Language, and Metaphysics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 243 Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 253 Philosophy of Cognitive Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality
  • PSYC 100 Brain, Mind and Behavior (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness (not offered in 2015-16)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (not offered in 2015-16)
  • SOAN 274 Language, Culture and Society (not offered in 2015-16)