Learning Objectives

Concentrators in Cognitive Science will:

  • Learn the history of cognitive science from the middle of the 20th century to the present.
  • Understand the way in which cognitive science is methodologically distinctive while at the same time is an interdisciplinary field where established fields of research—including Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Philosophy—contribute to the overall approach.
  • Develop skills in analyzing, interpreting, and assessing the empirical data and research techniques that contribute to cognitive science.
  • Investigate topics in cognitive science from at least three different disciplinary perspectives that in combination include quantitative, qualitative, and lab work.
  • Understand central modeling techniques in cognitive science, including traditional computational approaches, neural network/deep learning approaches, and dynamical approaches.
  • Learn to communicate technical work in particular research areas in writing and in oral presentation to an interdisciplinary audience.