Courses

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

  • 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 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2017 · K. 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 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2017–2018
  • 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 Spring 2018 · J. London
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 130

     

    Fall 2015 Syllabus: Professor 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, 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 credit; Writing Requirement, Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2017–2018
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 232

    Winter' 17 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, 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 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2017–2018
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 233

    Winter '17 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; Formal or Statistical Reasoning, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2018 · K. Galotti
    Extended departmental description for CGSC 236

    Winter 2015 Syllabus: Professor 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.

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130 required, 200 level Cognitive Science, Psychology or Philosophy course recommended 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2017–2018
  • 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; offered Winter 2018 · K. Galotti
    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 2017 · 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; not offered 2017–2018