Students must become knowledgeable in four areas of emphasis: perception, cognition, language, and computational methods, as well as a set of methods relevant to Cognitive Science research. Students then create their own focus area of study, potentially integrating coursework from the Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences department with a diverse subset of fields including Computer Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Anthropology, Applied Math and Education. The A.B. program is primarily for students interested in studying human mental processes and acquiring a research orientation to the study of the mind. The Sc.B. program is designed for students who wish to develop a stronger background in Cognitive Science and requires students to engage in a specific research project in the focus area of their choosing. We recommend that prospective concentrators register for one of the gateway courses and at least one other core course in their first or second year.
The field of Cognitive Science uses scientific methods of experimentation, computational modeling, and brain imaging to study mental abilities such as perception, action, memory, cognition, speech, and language, as well as the development and evolution of those processes.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand a range of mental abilities and their underlying bases in the brain
- Develop a flexible interdisciplinary approach to understanding perception, cognition, language, and cognitive neuroscience
- Gain fluency in statistical analysis and computation
- Learn and apply empirical methods relevant to the field
- Complete a capstone project in collaboration with a faculty member
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Alumni with degrees in Cognitive Science have pursued careers in research, software engineering, educational technology, epidemiology and public health, medicine, management consulting, and the law.
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