Course Course Information Instructor
COGS 1
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
TR 14:00-15:20 in CENTR 101 (website)  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
Amsel, Ben David
COGS 3
An Introduction to Computing
MWF 09:00-09:50 in CENTR 212 (website)  
Description: A practical introduction to computers. Designed for undergraduates in the social sciences. Topics include: basic operations of personal computers (MAC, PC), UNIX, word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and creating web pages using the World Wide Web. No previous background in computing required.
COGS 8
Hands-On Computing
TR 12:30-13:50 in CSB 115 (website)  
Description: Introductory-level course that will give students insight into the fundamental concepts of algorithmic thinking and design. The course will provide the students with first-person, hands-on experience programming a web crawler and simple physical robots.
COGS 11
Minds & Brains
MWF 11:00-11:50 in SOLIS 104  
Description: How damaged and normal brains influence the way humans solve problems, remember or forget, pay attention to things; how they affect our emotions, and the way we use language in daily life.
COGS 14A
Intro. to Research Methods
MWF 13:00-13:50 in CSB 001  
COGS 17
Neurobiology of Cognition
TR 11:00-12:20 in WLH 2005 (website)  
Description: Introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. Topics include molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral neurobiology. Specifically, structure and function of neurons, peripheral and central nervous systems, sensory, motor, and control systems, learning and memory mechanisms. (Students may not receive credit for both Biology 12 and Cognitive Science 17. This course fulfills general-education requirements for Marshall and Roosevelt Colleges as well as Warren by petition.)
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Minds Making Religion
M 14:00-14:50 in CSB 003  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: How Humans Read Other Minds
F 12:00-12:50 in CSB 003  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
COGS 101B
Learning, Memory and Attention
TR 09:30-10:50 in CICC 101 (website)  
Description: A survey of the experimental study of learning, memory, and attention. Topics include conditioning, automaticity, divided attention, memory systems, and the nature of mental representation. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1. Recommended: Cognitive Science 101A.
COGS 102C
Cognitive Design Studio
TR 11:00-12:20 in CSB 001 (website)  
Description: This is a project-based course focused on the process of cognitive design. Students work in teams to design and evaluate a prototype application or redesign an existing system. Three hours of lecture and two hours of design laboratory. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 102B or consent of instructor.
COGS 107C
Cognitive Neuroscience
TR 12:30-13:50 in SOLIS 107 (website)  
Description: This course reviews research investigating the neural bases for human mental processes, including processing of affective, social, linguistic, and visuospatial information, as well as memory, attention, and executive functions. Also discussed are brain development and brain aging, and the nature of intelligence and creativity. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 107B and its prerequisites.
COGS 115
Neurologcl Devlp & Cogntv Chng
TR 09:30-10:50 in CENTR 105 (website)  
Haist, Frank
COGS 121
Human Comptr Interac Prog Stud
TR 15:30-16:50 in SOLIS 104 (website)  
Description: This course covers fundamentals of user interface design and implementation of web-based systems. A major component is completion of a substantial programming project in which students work together in small teams. Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 120, Cognitive Science 18 or Cognitive Science 3 or Computer Science and Engineering 5A or Computer Science and Engineering 8A or Computer Science and Engineering 8B or Computer Science and Engineering 11 or Computer Science and Engineering 12 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 9, or consent of instructor.
COGS 151
Analogy and Conceptual Systems
TR 11:00-12:20 in WLH 2112  
COGS 152
Cognitive Foundations of Math
MWF 13:00-13:50 in WLH 2207  
Description: How the human mind/brain creates mathematics: embodiment, innovation, and creativity. The emergence and power of abstract concepts, such as infinity, infinitesimals, imaginary numbers, or zero. Cognitive approaches that connect mathematics to human thought in general. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1, or Philosophy 1, or Psychology 1, or Education Studies (20 or 30 or 31); upper-division standing.
COGS 156
Language Development
TR 12:30-13:50 in CSB 001 (website)  
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics
 
Description: Research is showing that cellular metabolic processes are mediating normal and abnormal brain function. For example, neurocognitive disorders often co-occur with metabolic disturbances, such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. An understanding of these mechanisms will provide insight to new treatments for cognitive and neurological disorders. The course will cover topics on the role of abnormal cellular structure, genetic, epigenetic and pathogenic influences on synaptic signaling.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics
 
Description: Behavior draws on a wide range of genes acting as a complex source of information. Model organisms – bacteria, Paramecium, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice – have provided insight into how genes influence both innate and learned behaviors. Prerequisites: Cogs 1 and Cogs 107A.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Communication in Infancy
(website)  
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Language Research: A Practicum
W 16:00-17:20 in CSB 272  
Description: This course requires you to commit to spending approximately 10 hours per week in the lab working on research projects. Grade is based mostly on a 6-10 page research paper you write about a project you worked on over the quarter. The projects mostly concern how gestures impact the way we understand speech - with eye-tracking and EEG. To contact Prof. Coulson (coulson@cogsci.ucsd.edu) directly for permission to enroll in this course.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Cognition of Comics
TR 12:30-13:50 in SOLIS 109 (website)  
Description: Research on how readers comprehend comics has grown tremendously over the past two decades. This class will discuss this growing field by examining processing and comprehension of the visual language used in comics. We will focus primarily on how sequences of images are understood by the mind and brain, how the structure of comics differ cross-culturally, and how sequences of images connect to other systems of human communication, such as language. The class will focus on understanding the content of this research, but will also place a primary emphasis on understanding the logic and reasoning of the methodologies used in research. This focus will extend to the primary project of the class: students’ own research examining the structure of this visual language. Recommended: Lign 118.
Cohn, Neil Thomas
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Ethnography studies/Creativity
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 180  
Description: How do great choreogaphers make a dance? How can we do ethnography in artistic environments? This course is a practicum in ethnography and an opportunity for students of choreography and dance to see inside the studio of a great choreographer. We will provide access to the Interactive Cognition Lab’s video archive of the choreographer Wayne McGregor making several dance pieces. During rehearsals dozens of cognitively interesting phenomena are displayed: curious gestures, use of sound to shape movement, distributed memory, distributed creativity, embodied cognition. This class is a hands-on experience in which students will be working in teams and conducting qualitative research. Prior knowledge of Ethnography is not required.
COGS 163
Metabolic Disorders/Brain
 
COGS 163
Metabolic Disorders/Brain
 
COGS 163
Metabolic Disorders/Brain
MWF 10:00-10:50 in CSB 003  
COGS 163
Metabolic Disorders/Brain
(website)  
Description: Research is showing that cellular metabolic processes are mediating normal and abnormal brain function. For example, neurocognitive disorders often co-occur with metabolic disturbances, such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. An understanding of these mechanisms will provide insight to new treatments for cognitive and neurological disorders. The course will cover topics on the role of abnormal cellular structure, genetic, epigenetic and pathogenic influences on synaptic signaling,
COGS 169
Genetic Information/Behavior
TR 09:30-10:50 in CSB 005 (website)  
Description: Behavior draws on a wide range of genes acting as a complex source of information. Model organisms – bacteria, Paramecium, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice – have provided insight into how genes influence both innate and learned behaviors.
COGS 175
Alternate States/Consciousness
MWF 10:00-10:50 in CENTR 214 (website)  
Description: This course will review the literature that correlates brain rhythms in the human EEG with aspects of cognition, behavioral states, neuropsycho-pharmacology, and psychopathology in order to understand the psychological and neurophysiological underpinnings of these experiences. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 101A or Cognitive Science 107A.
COGS 180
Neural Coding/Sensory Systems
TR 15:30-16:50 in WLH 2115 (website)  
COGS 184
Modeling/Evolution of Cognitn
TR 14:00-15:20 in WLH 2207 (website)  
COGS 185
Adv. Machine Learning Methods
TR 12:30-13:50 in YORK 4080A (website)  
COGS 187B
Practicum in Pro Web Design
TR 09:30-10:50 in WLH 2113 (website)  
Description: This course follows up on the basics of multimedia design taught in Cognitive Science 187A. Students will probe more deeply into selective topics, such as animation, navigation, graphical display of information, and narrative coherence. Prerequisites: COGS 187A; upper-division standing.
COGS 200
Cognitive Science Seminar: Modern Linguistic Relativity
F 15:00-16:50 in CSB 003  
Description: This seminar emphasizes the conceptual basis of cognitive science, including representation, processing mechanisms, language, and the role of interaction among individuals, culture, and the environment. Current developments in each field are considered as they relate to issues in cognitive science. (May be repeated for credit.)
COGS 202
Foundation:Comp Model. of Cogn
M 11:00-13:50 in CSB 003  
Description: This course surveys the development of symbolic and connectionist models of cognition. Selected readings from the late 1940s to the present are covered. Topics include: Turing machines, information theory, computational complexity, search, learning, symbolic artificial intelligence, and neural networks.
COGS 205
Introduction/Thesis Research
MW 09:30-10:50 in CSB 272  
Description: This course is taken to focus the students’ development of a thesis topic and research proposal. Students prepare an outline of thesis proposal and make an oral public presentation of the proposed topic prior to the end of the third year. S/U only.
COGS 211C
Research Methods/Cogn Science
 
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Design at Large
 
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
Irani, Lilly C
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Reviews/Cognitive Neuroscience
 
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)

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