Cognitive Science (COGS)

COGS 1001 Introduction to Cognitive Science

How do minds work? This course surveys a wide range of answers to this question from disciplines ranging from philosophy to neuroscience. The course devotes special attention to the use of simple computational and mathematical models. Topics include perception, learning, memory, decision making, emotion and consciousness. The course shows how the different views from the parent disciplines interact and identifies some common themes among the theories that have been proposed. The course pays particular attention to the distinctive role of computation in such theories and provides an introduction to some of the main directions of current research in the field. It is a requirement for the BA in Cognitive Science, the BAS in Computer and Cognitive Science, and the minor in Cognitive Science, and it is recommended for students taking the dual degree in Computer and Cognitive Science.

Fall

Also Offered As: CIS 1400, LING 1005, PHIL 1840, PSYC 1333

1 Course Unit

COGS 2982 Study Abroad

Departmental permission required

1 Course Unit

COGS 3998 Senior Thesis

This course is a directed study intended for cognitive science majors who have been admitted to the cognitive science honors program. Upon admission into the program, students may register for this course under the direction of their thesis supervisor.

Fall or Spring

1 Course Unit

COGS 3999 Independent Study

Departmental permission required

Fall or Spring

1 Course Unit

COGS 4290 Big Data, Memory and the Human Brain

Advances in brain recording methods over the last decade have generated vastly more brain data than had been collected by neuroscientists during the previous century. To understand the human brain, scientists must now use computational methods that exploit the power of these huge data sets. This course will introduce you to the use of big data analytics in the study of human memory. Through hands-on Python-based programming projects, we will analyze very large data sets both to replicate existing phenomena and to make new discoveries.

Fall, even numbered years only

Prerequisite: CIS 1100 AND MATH 1400

Corequisites: CIS 1200, MATH 1410

1 Course Unit