Introduction to Cognitive Science (COGS 011)

next offered fall 2019

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind, traditionally drawing upon anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. In this introductory course, we survey historical and contemporary debates concerning the nature of perception, language, and consciousness, among other topics, at the intersection of these disciplines. Prerequisites: None.

Brain and Behavior (PSYC 101)

next offered spring 2020

This course provides an introduction to the biological bases of cognition and behavior. Topics may include basic neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, visual and auditory perception, attention, language, hemispheric specialization, memory, emotion, motor control, and social neuroscience. Prerequisites: PSYC 10, COGS 11, or LGCS 11.

Music Cognition (PSYC 126)

next offered fall 2019

This course explores music from the perspectives of experimental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. Topics include the perception of pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter; the development of musical knowledge in children; the neural bases of music as evidenced by patient work (amusia), brain imaging, and electroencephalography; and comparisons among musical systems cross-culturally. Prerequisites: PSYC 92 or permission. MUS 003 or equivalent experience recommended.

Language and Cognition (PSYC 127)

last offered spring 2018; not likely to be offered 2019-20

This course introduces psycholinguistics and principles of human cognition. Topics may include the origins of human language; language and the brain; language diversity; child language acquisition including phonology, lexicon, and grammar; and adult language processing including semantics, syntax, language production, and discourse. Prerequisites: PSYC 10, COGS 11, LGCS 10, or LGCS 11.

Cognitive Film Studies (PSYC 128)

tentatively planned for spring 2020

This course examines the moving image from the perspectives of cognitive film theory and cognitive science. Topics may include: the viewer’s role in constructing the meaning of a film, the relationship between visual attention and editing, memory and the aesthetics of storytelling, and how sound and music convey meaning and emotion. Throughout, film will be used as a microcosm in which to explore principles of human cognition. Prerequisites: PSYC 10, COGS 11, LGCS 11, MS 49, or permission.

Seminar in the Psychology of Art (PSYC 182)

last offered fall 2018; not offered 2019-20

This seminar examines visual art and aesthetics from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Topics may include aesthetic foundations, historical dialogues between psychology and art, the psychology and neuroscience of vision, and contemporary neuroaesthetic approaches in which visual art is interpreted with respect to the perceptual, cognitive, and emotional consequences for the viewer. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or permission.

The Literate Brain (first-year seminar)

last offered fall 2016; not offered 2019-20

This seminar examines reading and writing through the interdisciplinary lens of cognitive science. Frameworks may include: neurobiology, cognitive archaeology, cognitive development, psycholinguistics, and neuroaesthetics. Students will develop the ability to articulate novel positions and defend them with empirical, textual, and artistic evidence. Prerequisites: None.

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