Courses & Registration

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes.

AS.050.202 - Introduction to Computational Cognitive Science

This course is an introduction to computational approaches to the study of the mind. The approaches discussed include symbolic structured representations, probabilistic inference and artificial neural networks, as applied to concept learning, language and reasoning. Some programming experience (e.g., AS 250.205.01 Introduction to Computing or equivalent) and mathematical preparation (e.g., AS.110.107 Calculus II or equivalent) are highly recommended.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Linzen, Tal
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.050.317 - Semantics I

This is an introduction to the study of meaning in natural language. We address the conceptual and empirical issues in semantic theory and introduce some formal machinery that has been developed to deal with such problems. After discussing foundational questions, we turn to formal semantics and pragmatics, as well as their interfaces with syntax and the lexicon. Specific topics include presupposition, type-driven composition, quantification, lexical aspect, argument structure, and lexical representations of meaning.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
Status: Open

AS.050.321 - Syntax II

Building on AS.050.320, this course addresses and compares conceptions of syntactic theory that have emerged since the 1990s. Discussion focuses on both the substantive and formal properties of the fundamental principles of syntactic theory, as well as the cross-linguistic evidence that motivates them. In particular, we will contrast the Principles and Parameters view where syntactic theory relies on a set of inviolable principles whose form admits a certain amount of cross-linguistic variation, and the Optimality Theory view whereby constraints are invariant though violable, and cross-linguistic variation is determined by the relative importance of satisfying the various principles. When possible, connections will be made to other areas of linguistic inquiry such as processing, acquisition, and computation. Meets with AS.050.621.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Canceled

AS.050.346 - Decoding the Brain: Multivariate Analysis in Cognitive Neuroscience

Neural decoding through Machine Learning has become an ever-important tool for neuroscientists to understand how the brain processes information. This course introduces students to this exciting field by combining seminar style lectures and hands-on practice sessions. The course will be organized around a number of corner-stone applications in cognitive neuroscience, including face recognition, neural representation of word meaning, decoding mental states. During the practice sessions, students will learn to replicate the published findings with off-the-shelf software (prior programming knowledge could be helpful not required). By the end of the course, the students will be familiar with the principal methods and applications of neural decoding, and will acquire hands-on experience and practical skills of data analysis.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Tao, Yuan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Open

AS.050.318 - Practicum in Language Disorders- Community Based Learning

This course provides the opportunity to learn about adult aphasias, language disorders which are one of the most common consequences of stroke. You will receive training in supportive communication techniques and work as a communication partner with an individual with aphasia for two hours per week. Three class meetings for orientation and reading assignments will be held on campus; training and practicum will be conducted at a local aphasia support center. Transportation required. Colisted with Neuroscience (AS.080.400). Additional information can be found on http://krieger.jhu.edu/neuroscience/academics/practicums/practicum-in-language-disorders, the Department of Neuroscience's Website. Find out more on the practicum location at http://www.scalebaltimore.org, SCALE Baltimore.

Credits: 2.00
Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.050.358 - Language & Thought

Have you ever wondered about the relationships between language and thought? Philosophers, linguists, psychologists, evolutionary theorists and cognitive scientists have too and this course will survey the current thinking on this matter. Classical papers such as those by Whorf and Sapir, more recent philosophical papers by people such as Fodor and Dennett, and recent empirical work by linguists and psycholingists on the relationship between language and thinking in development and in adults will be covered. Discussions will focus on the theoretically possible relationships between language and thought and the empirical data that speak to these. Juniors and seniors only. Freshmen and sophomores by permission of instructor only.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Closed

AS.050.101 - Cognition

Introductory course exploring the study of human mental processes within the field of cognitive science. Drawing upon cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and artificial intelligence, the course examines theory, methods, and major findings in work on vision, reasoning, and language.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Linzen, Tal
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Canceled

AS.050.339 - Cognitive Development

This is a survey course in developmental psychology designed for individuals with some basic background in psychology or cognitive science, but little or none in development. The course is strongly theoretically oriented, with emphasis on issues of nature, and development psychology as well as relevant empirical evidence. The principle focus will be early development, i.e., from conception through middle childhood. The course is organized topically, covering biological and prenatal development, perceptual and cognitive development, the nature and development of intelligence, and language learning. Recommended Background: AS.050.105 OR AS.050.203 OR AS.080.203 OR AS.050.101 OR AS.200.110.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.050.102 - Language and Mind

Introductory course dealing with theory, methods, and current research topics in the study of language as a component of the mind. What it is to "know" a language: components of linguistic knowledge (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and the course of language acquisition. How linguistic knowledge is put to use: language and the brain and linguistic processing in various domains. Cross-listed with Neuroscience and Psychology.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Wilson, Colin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.050.346 - Decoding the Brain: Multivariate Analysis in Cognitive Neuroscience

Neural decoding through Machine Learning has become an ever-important tool for neuroscientists to understand how the brain processes information. This course introduces students to this exciting field by combining seminar style lectures and hands-on practice sessions. The course will be organized around a number of corner-stone applications in cognitive neuroscience, including face recognition, neural representation of word meaning, decoding mental states. During the practice sessions, students will learn to replicate the published findings with off-the-shelf software (prior programming knowledge could be helpful not required). By the end of the course, the students will be familiar with the principal methods and applications of neural decoding, and will acquire hands-on experience and practical skills of data analysis.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Tao, Yuan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Open

AS.050.501 - Rdgs Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Fischer, Jason
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.375 - Probabilistic Models of the Visual Cortex

The course gives an introduction to computational models of the mammalian visual cortex. It covers topics in low-, mid-, and high-level vision. It briefly discusses the relevant evidence from anatomy, electrophysiology, imaging (e.g., fMRI), and psychophysics. It concentrates on mathematical modeling of these phenomena taking into account recent progress in probabilistic models of computer vision and developments in machine learning, such as deep networks.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Open

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.501 - Rdgs Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Halberda, Justin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Bedny, Marina
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Feigenson, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Feigenson, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Halberda, Justin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Bedny, Marina
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.503 - Research in Cognitive Science/Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Firestone, Charles Z.
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.505 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.505 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Fischer, Jason
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Firestone, Charles Z.
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.507 - Research in Cognitive Science/Sophomores

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Flombaum, Jonathan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.503 - Rsrch Cogn Sci-Freshmen

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Flombaum, Jonathan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Firestone, Charles Z.
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.511 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Halberda, Justin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.511 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Halberda, Justin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Flombaum, Jonathan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Bedny, Marina
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.515 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Feigenson, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Fischer, Jason
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Flombaum, Jonathan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Bedny, Marina
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Fischer, Jason
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.515 - Readings in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Assigned readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Letter-graded.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Feigenson, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.050.517 - Research in Cognitive Science/Seniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Firestone, Charles Z.
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.200.363 - Mind, Brain & Experience

How do nature and nurture shape the human mind? How does experience contribute to the development of visual perception, language and social reasoning? This course explores insights into these age-old questions from neuroscience and psychology. Studies of infant behavior reveal rich knowledge about objects and people in the first months of life. At the same time, experience has profound effects on behavior and neurobiology. For example, temporary absence of vision (i.e. blindness) during development permanently alters visual perception and the visual cortex. Key evidence also comes from studies of naturally occurring variation in human experience (e.g. blindness, deafness, socioeconomic and cultural differences). We will discuss what such studies of cognitive and neural function tell us about the origins of human cognition. This is a writing intensive course with weekly lectures and seminar style discussion of primary sources. Students will be required to write weekly responses to readings and a term paper.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Canceled

AS.050.513 - Research in Cognitive Science/Juniors

Research current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required. Graded S/U only.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.376.371 - Introduction to Music Cognition

What underlies our aesthetic response to music? How and why are we able to identify certain sounds as music? To what extent are music and natural language similar? What is it about music that evokes such powerful emotions such as happiness and sadness? What is unique to musical creativity? Examining such questions from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophical perspectives, this course explores relevant research and theory in the emerging domain of music perception and cognition. Students will complete a final research paper on the topic of their choice that integrates the course material.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 3:50PM
Status: Waitlist Only