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The Earthpigs Meet the Gulls

Students and faculty note a CogSci "spin" watching San Diego's new hockey team. Go Gulls! (more)




Featured Classes
Spring 2016:
  • COGS160: Neural Signal Processing
    This course will cover theoretical foundations and practical applications of signal processing to neural data. Topics include EEG/field potential methods (filtering, Fourier (spectral) analysis, coherence) and spike train analysis (reverse correlation, spike sorting, multi-electrode recordings). Some applications to neural imaging (optical microscopy, fMRI) data will also be discussed. To contact Dr. Mukamel [emukamel@ucsd.edu] directly for permission to enroll in this Cogs 160 C00 Sp16 869002.
  • COGS160: Social Cognition:Devlpmnt/Evol
    In this seminar we examine the development of social cognition in human ontogeny and examine similarities and differences between human socio-cognitive skills and those of other animals, great apes, birds and dogs in particular. We will focus mostly on infant and preschoolsers and on the principal building blocks of social cognition that pave the way to becoming competent members of a community. We start by examining the development of gaze following and voice following, the capacity to engage in joint attention and to communicate through gestures, specifically, pointing, during the first and second year of life. We then explore the role that human prosocial tendencies play in our capacity to carry out social lives and care for others, the complexity and importance of imitation for cultural transmission and how group mentality and group biases emerge. We then discuss how cultural transmission relies on conformity, normativity and on collaboration to construct and sustain social institutions and address how concerns such as fairness, procedural justice and ultimately our moral compass develop and to what degree they differ between human and non-human animals. To contact Dr. Rossano ‎[frossano@ucsd.edu]‎ directly for permission to enroll in this Cogs 160 D00 Sp16 869003.
  • COGS160: Interaction Design Startup
    Interaction Design Startup: In this course, students will learn tools and processes for innovating novel business concepts to solve problems involving the interaction between humans and technology. Students will work with an interdisciplinary team to understand unmet user needs and to create a value proposition that balances technical feasibility, financial viability, and desirability. Ultimately, student teams will prototype a novel mobile information service, write a business plan, and produce a video sketch suitable for launching a crowdfunding campaign. To inform the innovation process, students will learn new techniques for leveraging social media and crowdsourcing to discover users' needs and to obtain feedback on preliminary concepts. Selected readings will cover ubiquitous computing, service design, business modeling, creativity methods, crowdsourcing, and crowdfunding. Pre-req: Cogs 120/CSE 170 or Dsgn 1. For enrollment consideration, please fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/ucsd-ixdStartup
  • COGS160: Social Computing
    The course explores the intersection of social behavior and computational systems. The growth of online environments like Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, WhatApp, blogs, online support groups, open-source development projects, and crowdsourcing platforms shows that web technology is no longer just about delivering information, but also connecting people. Students will examine a range of social, technical, and business challenges related to social computing, and learn how to use tools to analyze, design, and build online communities. Course work will include lectures, class discussion, homework, class presentations, and a group research or design project. Pre-req: Cogs 120/CSE 170 or Dsgn 1. For enrollment consideration, please fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/ucsd-socialcomputing

Research Opportunities (199s)
  • Speech Production Adaptation to Individual Speakers
    When speaking to another person, we tailor our speech production based on information we know about that person: for example, you probably don't use the same vocabulary with a professor as you do with a 2-year-old. This project will investigate how specific this adaptation in the speech production system is. ...
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9th annual student competition for human rights fellowships

Successful applicants for the 2016 UC Human Rights Fellowship will receive $5,000 for summer internships with a human rights organization of his or her choice.


Call for poster sessions at the 2016 NCSSA conference on 4/10/16

Join the Cognitive Science Student Association as we proudly host the Annual National Cognitive Science Conference “Metamorphosis of the Mind” at UCSD on April 10, 2016.


3rd Annual Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Are you an undergraduate interested in the Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities?  Then consider presenting your research at the UCSD Undergraduate Conference for Research in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CRASSH) to be held on Friday, February 19 from 10am to 3:30pm at the Institute of the Americas.


Computational Neuroscience summer research training opportunity

Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh.


Center for Visual Science Undergrad Fellowship Applications Open Now

Undergraduates in their junior (3rd) year during the 2015-2016 academic year of baccalaureate studies interested in neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory training.


Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.


Public Health Research Day

The UC San Diego Institute for Public Health will host the 2nd Annual Public Health Research Day Symposium and Poster Session to highlight research accomplishments and real world Public Health activities of the UC San Diego Public Health community.


Cognitive Psychology Graduate Programs at the University at Buffalo

The Psychology Department at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (UB) is currently accepting applications for our Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology.


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