Course Course Information Instructor
COGS 1
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
TR 12:30-13:50 in YORK 2722 (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.
COGS 3
An Introduction to Computing
MWF 10:00-10:50 in CSB 001 (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 10
Cognitv Consequence/Technology
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 003 (website)  
Description: The role of cognition and computation in the development of state-of-the art technologies such as human computational interaction in aviation, air traffic control, medical diagnosis, robotics and telerobotics, and the design and engineering of cognitive artifacts.
COGS 11
Minds & Brains
MWF 12:00-12:50 in CENTR 115 (website)  
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 12
Language, Culture & Cognition
MWF 11:00-11:50 in SOLIS 110 (website)  
Description: How do the languages we speak shape the ways we think? This course examines interrelationships between language & thought. Do people who speak different languages think differently? Does learning new languages change the way you think? Do polyglots think differently when speaking different languages? Are some thoughts unthinkable without language? The course will bring together ideas and findings from psychology, linguistics, anthropology, communication, neuroscience, and philosophy.
COGS 14B
Intro. to Statistical Analysis
MWF 11:00-11:50 in CSB 001  
COGS 15
Uncensored Intro. to Language
TR 15:30-16:50 in PETER 103  
COGS 17
Neurobiology of Cognition
TR 11:00-12:20 in CENTR 214 (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
F 13:00-13:50 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
M 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 101C
Language
TR 09:30-10:50 in CENTR 115  
Description: An introduction to structure of natural language, and to the cognitive processes that underline its acquisition, comprehension, and production. This course covers findings from linguistics, computer science, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience to provide an integrated perspective on human language abilities. Recommended: Cognitive Science 101A.
COGS 102B
Cognitive Ethnography
TR 11:00-12:20 in WLH 2005 (website)  
Description: This course examines memory, reasoning, language understanding, learning, and planning directly in everyday, real-world settings. The course work includes projects in which students make observations of real-world activity and analyze their cognitive significance. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 102A.
COGS 107B
Systems Neuroscience
TR 14:00-15:20 in YORK 2722 (website)  
COGS 118A
Natural Computation I
TR 15:30-16:50 in CENTR 201 (website)  
Description: This course is an introduction to computational modeling of biological intelligence, focusing on neural networks and related approaches to supervised learning. Topics include estimation, filtering, optimization, multilayer perceptrons, support vector machines, boosting, Bayes nets. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 109, Mathematics 20E, Mathematics 20F, and Mathematics 180A or consent of instructor.
COGS 120
Introduction to HCI Design
TR 09:30-10:50 in PETER 108 (website)  
Description: This course is an introduction to the field of human computer interaction (HCI). It provides an overview of HCI from the perspective of cognitive science. Recommended: Cognitive Science 10 and an introductory programming course.
COGS 143
Animal Cognition
TR 14:00-15:20 in WLH 2112 (website)  
Description: Review of historical perspectives: introspectionist, behaviorist, and cognitivist models. Examination of how perceptual and motor constraints and ecological demands yield species-specific differences in cognitive repertoire. Contemporary issues in the comparative study of the evolution of human cognition. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Lang Devlpmnt/Early Childhood
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Neurobiology of Motivation
MWF 11:00-11:50 in CSB 180 (website)  
Description: This course will discuss principles of motivation, valuation and reward from the synapse to the classroom. It is designed to be a small, casual seminar that includes adequate time for discussion.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Experimental Language Research
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 172
Brain Disorders and Cognition
TR 12:30-13:50 in CENTR 212  
Description: A review of the patterns of impaired and intact cognitive abilities present in brain-damaged patients in terms of damage to one or more components of a model of normal cognitive functioning. (Cognitive science majors may not receive elective credit for both Psychology 139 and Cognitive Science 172.) Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 107A.
Amsel, Ben David
COGS 174
Drugs: Brain, Mind and Culture
MWF 14:00-14:50 in SOLIS 104  
Description: This course explores how drugs interact with the brain/mind and culture. It covers evolutionary and historical perspectives, brain chemistry, pharmacology, expectancies and placebo effects, and models of addiction. It also provides a biopsychosocial survey of commonly used and abused substances. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
COGS 176
From Sleep to Attention
TR 18:30-19:50 in PETER 102 (website)  
COGS 180
Neural Coding/Sensory Systems
 
COGS 187A
Usability & Info. Architecture
TR 11:00-12:20 in PETER 104 (website)  
Description: Examines the cognitive basis of successful web and multimedia design. Topics: information architecture, navigation, usability, graphic layout, transaction design, and how to understand user interaction. Prerequisites: CSE 7; upper-division standing.
COGS 189
Brain Computer Interfaces
F 10:00-12:50 in CSB 003 (website)  
COGS 200
Cognitive Science Seminar: Modeling Brain Dynamics
F 14:00-14:50 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 201
Neural Dynamics of Cognition
TR 12:00-13:20 in CSB 003  
COGS 205
Introduction/Thesis Research
W 10:30-11:50 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 211B
Research Methods/Cogn Science
 
COGS 220
Information Visualization
W 09:00-11:50 in CRB 100  
Description: This seminar surveys current research in information visualization with the goal of preparing students to do original research. The focus is on the cognitive aspects of information design, dynamic representations, and computational techniques. Topics vary each time course is offered.
COGS 241
Ethics&Survivl Skills/Academia
W 13:00-15:50 in MTF 274  
Description: (Same as Neurosciences 241) This course will cover ethical issues that arise in academia, including: dishonesty, plagiarism, attribution, sexual misconduct, etc. We will also discuss ‘survival’ issues, including job hunting, grant preparation, journal reviews, writing letters of recommendation, mentoring, etc. S/U only.
Devereaux, Mary L.
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Design at Large
(website)  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Visual Computing
TR 09:30-10:50 in CSB 180  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics
(website)  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Neural Registry of Attention
 
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Neurobiology of Affect
 
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)

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