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|Professors:||T. Gottfried (Psychology) (on leave term(s) II), K. Krebsbach (Mathematics) (on leave term(s) III), T. Ryckman (Philosophy)|
|Associate professors:||M. Phelan (Philosophy) (on leave term(s) II), B. Williams (Education, chair)|
Cognitive science is an area of interdisciplinary study that investigates the nature and representation of knowledge, the structure and function of intelligence (natural and artificial), and the relation of mind to brain and machine. In studying cognitive science, students are encouraged to acquaint themselves with insights and methods from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and neuroscience.
The interdisciplinary minor in cognitive science is particularly relevant for students interested in experimental psychology, computer science, linguistics, or philosophy. Students interested in other disciplines, such as anthropology, economics, political science, neuroscience, or music theory, may also find cognitive science an important perspective from which to consider their work.
Requirements for the minor in cognitive science
- PHIL 105: Introduction to Cognitive Science
- Six additional courses, five of which must be in departments other than the student's major.
Courses must be from at least three of the following groups:
- Philosophical Foundations
- PHIL 150: Symbolic Logic
- PHIL 300: Epistemology
- PHIL 305: Experimental Philosophy
- PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science
- PHIL 347: Valuing Art: The Philosophy and Psychology of Aesthetic Appreciation
- PHIL 410: Philosophy of Mind
- PHIL 420/LING 420: Topics in Logic
- CMSC 100: Exploring Computer Science
- CMSC 105: WWII Codebreaking
- CMSC 205: Data-Scientific Programming
- CMSC 210: Introduction to Scientific Programming
- CMSC 470: Artificial Intelligence
- CMSC 515: Theory of Computation
- PSYC 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior
- PSYC 360: Brain and Behavior I
- PSYC 420: Clinical and Affective Neuroscience
- PSYC 525 or 530: Brain and Behavior II
- BIOL 340/PSYC 580: Topics in Neuroscience
- Cognitive Processes
- ECON 225: Decision Theory
- ECON 410: Advanced Game Theory and Applications
- EDST 180/PSYC 180: Psychology of Learning
- EDST 345/ANTH 345/PSYC 345: Distributed Cognition and the Extended Mind
- PSYC 260 or 265: Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 290: Developmental Psychopathology
- PSYC 340: Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 370: Perception
- ANTH 330/LING 330: Language and Culture
- ANTH 531/LING 531: Semiotics
- LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
- LING 335: Words, Words, Words: Introduction to Lexical Semantics
- LING 340: Introduction to Syntax
- LING 350: Introduction to Phonology
- LING 355: Child Language Acquisition
- LING 370/PSYC 375: Phonetics
- LING 450: Topics in the Psychology of Language
- LING 470: Cognitive Linguistics
- LING 545/EDST 545/PSYC 545: Gesture Studies
- PHIL 400/LING 400: Philosophy of Language
- PHIL 405/LING 405: How to Do Things With Words
- Philosophical Foundations
Courses - Cognitive Science
CMSC 105: WWII CodebreakingAn introduction to general principles of computer science alongside specific encryption algorithms developed throughout history, culminating in a fascinating analysis of the remarkable accomplishments of Alan Turing and the Allied codebreakers of World War II. Students will break classical ciphers and will also experiment with modern techniques that facilitate secure internet transactions.
PHIL 105: Introduction to Cognitive ScienceAn introduction to the interdisciplinary study of how the mind works. Topics include: the nature of perception; what human language reveals about the mind; the basis of morality and altruism; how sexual selection has shaped human psychology; and the cognitive science of religious and spiritual belief. We will discuss tools, theories, and assumptions from philosophy, psychology, computer science, linguistics, anthropology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience.
LING 150: Introduction to LinguisticsIntroduction to theory and methods of linguistics: universal properties of human language; phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic structures and analysis; nature and form of grammar.
PHIL 150: Symbolic LogicFormal study of the notions of validity, consistency, and equivalence in the languages of sentential logic and predicate logic, plus an introduction to semantics for these languages.
EDST 180: Psychology of LearningAn investigation of how people learn. This course examines learning theories (e.g., behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, constructivist) and their implications for the educational process in schools. Other topics include learning and the brain, the nature of expertise, the design of learning environments, and approaches to instruction that promote meaningful learning. Practicum of 20 hours required.
PSYC 180: Psychology of LearningAn investigation of how people learn. This course examines learning theories (e.g., behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, constructivist) and their implications for the educational process in schools. Other topics include learning and the brain, the nature of expertise, the design of learning environments, and approaches to instruction that promote meaningful learning. Practicum of 20 hours required.
CMSC 205: Data-Scientific ProgrammingAn introduction to programming with emphasis on learning from data in order to gain useful insights. Topics focus on elementary programming concepts in the R language and the necessary tools to handle, analyze and interpret data. This course will be taught in a workshop format, and students will complete regular assignments and a final project that provide hands-on programming/analysis experiences.
CMSC 210: Introduction to Scientific ProgrammingAn introduction to computer programming with an emphasis on numerical applications in mathematics and the sciences. Topics include elementary programming concepts in the C language, design and implementation of numerical algorithms, and an introduction to symbolic computation.
ECON 225: Decision TheoryThis course will present a thorough introduction to decision theory, the study of how people should or do make decisions. Building on that foundation, game theory, the science of strategy, will be introduced, with economic applications.
PSYC 260: Developmental PsychologyA study of the development of behavior and mental processes from conception through middle childhood. Topics include prenatal development, attachment, children’s language skills, social and cognitive development. A variety of theoretical perspectives are covered.
PSYC 265: Developmental Psychology (with laboratory)Identical in content to Psychology 260, but requiring a weekly three-hour laboratory that involves systematic work with infants and children to learn assessment techniques and experimental methodologies for the study of development.
PHIL 300: EpistemologyAn examination of some basic questions concerning the nature and extent of human knowledge, focusing on the topics of skepticism, justification, certainty, the a priori and the a posteriori, and analyses of knowledge.
PHIL 305: Experimental PhilosophyAn introduction to experimental philosophy. The course will examine the ways in which experimental techniques can be applied to problems in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, ethics, and other subfields of philosophy. Special attention will be paid to the question of whether experimental research is a legitimate methodology for philosophy.
PHIL 310: MetaphysicsAn examination of some central philosophical questions about reality, such as: What basic kinds of things are there? Is truth always and only relative to a conceptual scheme? What is the nature of necessity and possibility? What is the nature of change over time?
ANTH 330: Language and CultureAn introduction to the core concepts of linguistic anthropology, definitions of language, basic methods of linguistic anthropology (observation, transcription, analysis, ethnography), power and language, language discrimination, and language ideology theory. Lectures, discussions, and labs.
LING 330: Language and CultureAn introduction to the core concepts of linguistic anthropology, definitions of language, basic methods of linguistic anthropology (observation, transcription, analysis, ethnography), power and language, language discrimination, and language ideology theory. Lectures, discussions, and labs.
LING 335: Words, Words, Words: Introduction to Lexical SemanticsThis course introduces fundamental concepts and research issues in the linguistic study of word meaning. Topics include: representation of word meaning; relation between lexical, truth-conditional and context-dependent meanings; semantic relations; meaning variation; semantic properties of nouns and verbs (e.g. mass-count distinction, verb classes, aspect, semantic roles); interaction between content and function words.
BIOL 340: Topics in NeuroscienceA study of the nervous system from the perspectives of psychology and biology. Topics vary year to year and may include glial cells, neural development, and the evolution of nervous systems and neurotransmitter systems. Lecture only. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Fall 2017: Microbes and the Brain
The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication network linking microbial organisms in the mammalian gastrointestinal track to specific neurological processes in the brain. Using primary research articles as a basis, this course will explore how psychological, environmental, and behavioral factors influence the physiological state of both the brain and the gut. Course format includes discussions, presentations, and writing assignments.