Cognitive Science

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, anthropology, education and others.

The minor 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 minor is designed for students majoring in psychology, philosophy, computer science, or linguistics, although all students are welcome.

Requirements for the Cognitive Science Major

Required courses: 46 credits

  • CGSC 130 Introduction to Cognitive Science (6 credits)
  • CGSC 232/CGSC 233/PSYC 232/PSYC 233 Cognitive Processes and Laboratory in Cognitive Processes (8 credits) (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science or PHIL 210 Logic (6 credits)
  • LING 115 Introduction to Theory of Syntax (6 credits)
  • PSYC 200/201 Measurement and Data Analysis (8 credits)
  • CGSC 391/392 (6 credits)
  • CGSC 396  Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • CGSC 400 Integrative Exercise (3 credits)

Elective Courses: 24 credits from the following list. At least two 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
  • BIOL 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics (not offered in 2017-18)
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 Cognitive Development in Childhood
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making
  • CGSC 340 Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 314 Data Visualization (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Cognition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Applications (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 280 Field Methods in Linguistics
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • MUSC 100 I Got Rhythm: The Science of Musical Time
  • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 246 Probability: The Very Guide of Life?
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 372 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 374 Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness (not offered in 2017-18)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (not offered in 2017-18)

Requirements for the Cognitive Science Minor

To encourage breadth within the minor, 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 of four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

  • CGSC 130 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • CGSC 232/CGSC 233/PSYC 232/PSYC 233 Cognitive Processes and Laboratory in Cognitive Processes (8 credits) (not offered in 2017-18)

           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
  • BIOL 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics (not offered in 2017-18)
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 Cognitive Development in Childhood
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making
  • CGSC 340 Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 314 Data Visualization (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Cognition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Applications (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 280 Field Methods in Linguistics
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • MUSC 100 I Got Rhythm: The Science of Musical Time
  • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 246 Probability: The Very Guide of Life?
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 372 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 374 Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness (not offered in 2017-18)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (not offered in 2017-18)

Cognitive Science Courses

CGSC 100 Cognitive Development in Childhood This Argument and Inquiry seminar will focus on the cognitive changes experienced by children in the preschool and elementary school years, in such realms as perception, attention, memory, thinking, decision-making, knowledge representation, and the acquisition of academic skills. Weekly observation at local day care centers or elementary schools will be a required course component. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Kathleen M Galotti
CGSC 130 Revolutions in Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science An interdisciplinary study of the history and current practice of the cognitive sciences. The course will draw on relevant work from diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, philosophy, biology, and neuroscience. Topics to be discussed include: scientific revolutions, the mind-body problem, embodied cognition, perception, representation, and the extended mind. 6 credits; SI; Not offered 2017-18
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 credits; SI, WR2; Spring; Justin M 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. Prerequisite: Psychology 110, Cognitive Science 100, Cognitive Science 130 or instructor permission. Requires concurrent registration in Cognitive Science 233. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS req. 6 credits; WR2, LS, QRE; Not offered 2017-18
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 110, Cognitive Science 100, Cognitive Science 130 or permission of the instructor, Requires concurrent registration in Cognitive Science 232. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the. 2 credits; LS, QRE; Not offered 2017-18
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Cognitive Science 100 or 130. 6 credits; FSR, WR2; Winter; Kathleen M Galotti
CGSC 340 Phenomenology and Cognitive Science This course will provide an in-depth study of phenomenology, covering both its history and contemporary debates, and phenomenology-inspired research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience. Roughly half the course will be devoted to the history of phenomenology, setting the main views within their historical context and explaining how these views respond to the difficulties of their predecessors. The other half will discuss contemporary philosophical debates and scientific research involving phenomenological approaches. Prerequisite: Cognitive Science 130 required, 200 level Cognitive Science, Psychology or Philosophy course recommended. 6 credits; HI; Not offered 2017-18
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. Prerequisite: Psychology 250, Educational Studies 234 or consent of the instructor. 6 credits; SI; Winter; Kathleen M 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. Prerequisite: Cognitive Science 233 or Psychology 233. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; NE; Fall; Kathleen M 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. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 3 credits; NE; Not offered 2017-18