Graduate Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

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AS.050.672 - Foundations of Neural Network Theory

Introduction to continuous mathematics for cognitive science, with applications to biological and cognitive network models: real and complex numbers, differential and integral multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, dynamical systems, numerical optimization. Recommended course background in Calculus I. Also offered as AS.050.372.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Smolensky, Paul
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MWF 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.801 - Research Seminar in Cognitive Neuropsychology

Participants in this graduate seminar will read and discuss current research articles in cognitive neuropsychology of vision or language, and present their own research. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: McCloskey, Michael E
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.660 - Computational Psycholinguistics

This course is an introduction to the study of human language comprehension and acquisition from a computational perspective. We will cover both major empirical findings and computational models that aim to account for these findings. The course will not assume significant prior knowledge in psycholinguistics or computational linguistics; however, some programming background is desirable. Also offered as AS.050.360.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Linzen, Tal
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Waitlist Only
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.690 - Directed Readings in Cognitive Science

Directed readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.690 - Directed Readings in Cognitive Science

Directed readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.620 - Syntax I

Introduces the basic methods and means of analysis used in contemporary syntax investigations, practicing with data from different languages. Also offered as AS.050.320.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.811 - Research Seminar in Language & Cognition

A specialized research seminar for individuals researching language acquisition, cognitive development and the interface between language and cognition. Students must actively carry out empirical or theoretical research in these areas. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.625 - Phonology I

An introduction to the basic principles underlying the mental representation and manipulation of language sounds and their relation to human perception and vocal articulation: how units of sound are both decomposable into elementary features and combined to form larger structures like syllables and words. The role of rules and constraints in a formal theory of phonological competence and in accounting for the range of variation among the world’s languages. Also offered as AS.050.325.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Wilson, Colin
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.806 - Research Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience and Machine Learning

Participants in this seminar will read and discuss current research articles in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The seminar will focus on research that provides insights into the representations and algorithms of the human brain, with an emphasis on vision and natural semantic understanding.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Bonner, Michael
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.802 - Research Seminar in Cognitive Processes

Current issues and ongoing research on human cognition are discussed. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.819 - Research Seminar in Psycholinguistics

Discussion of current computational and experimental research on human language processing.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Linzen, Tal
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.817 - Research Seminar in Semantics

A critical analysis of current issues and debates in natural language semantics. Discussion of on-going research. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.826 - Research Seminar in Formal Approaches to Cognitive Science

Readings and research presentations on varying topics in mathematics, computation, and formal linguistics with bearing on cognitive science. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Wilson, Colin
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.839 - Research in Cognitive Science

Current topics in any area of cognitive science, including language and vision, with discussion of recent developments in theory, experimental study, and computational modeling. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.829 - Research Seminar on Formal Theory in Cognitive Science

Topics range from mathematical analysis of neural networks to computational studies of linguistic structure. Focus is ongoing research and current literature.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Smolensky, Paul
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.839 - Research in Cognitive Science

Current topics in any area of cognitive science, including language and vision, with discussion of recent developments in theory, experimental study, and computational modeling. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.690 - Directed Readings in Cognitive Science

Directed readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.621 - Syntax II

Co-taught with AS.050.321. 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.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Canceled
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.675 - 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 modelling of these phenomena taking into account recent progress in probabilistic models of computer vision and developments in machine learning, such as deep networks. Co-listed with Computer Science as EN.601.685. Recommended Background: Calculus I and experience in a programming language (Python preferred).

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Waitlist Only
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive ScienceAS Psychological & Brain SciencesEN Computer Science

AS.050.690 - Directed Readings in Cognitive Science

Directed readings on current topics in cognitive science. Instructor approval required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.639 - Cognitive Development

Also offered as AS.050.339. 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.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive ScienceAS NeuroscienceAS Psychological & Brain Sciences

AS.050.658 - 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.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Closed
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.811 - Research Seminar in Language & Cognition

A specialized research seminar for individuals researching language acquisition, cognitive development and the interface between language and cognition. Students must actively carry out empirical or theoretical research in these areas. Permission required.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: F 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.802 - Research Seminar in Cognitive Processes

Current issues and ongoing research on human cognition are discussed.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Canceled
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.809 - Research Seminar in Computational Cognitive Science

This seminar is on computational models for vision and its interaction with language. For Cognitive Science, computational models, like Deep Nets, offer the possibility of developing computational theories which can be tested on natural, or realistically synthetic images. But Deep Nets by themselves are unable to capture the richness and flexibility of human perception, so we will discuss other classes of model with more compositional structure and ability to represent the physical properties of the 3D world. These will be related to, and motivated by, behavioral and electrophysiological experiments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.814 - Research Seminar in Computer Vision

This seminar is based on topics in computational vision with the option of attending additional subgroup meetings on specific topics.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive ScienceEN Computer Science

AS.050.826 - Research Seminar in Formal Approaches to Cognitive Science

Readings and research presentations on varying topics in mathematics, computation, and formal linguistics with bearing on cognitive science.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Wilson, Colin
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: F 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.617 - Semantics I

Also offered as AS.050.317. 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: 0.00
Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.822 - Research Seminar Syntax

A critical analysis of current issues and debates in theoretical syntax. Discussion of on-going research.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 10:00AM - 11:45AM
Status: Canceled
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.819 - Research Seminar in Psycholinguistics

Discussion of current computational and experimental research on human language processing.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Linzen, Tal
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.827 - Research Seminar in Language Acquisition

Focus is on current research in acquisition of syntax.

Credits: 0.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 10:00AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Canceled
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.839 - Research in Cognitive Science

Current topics in any area of cognitive science, including language and vision, with discussion of recent developments in theory, experimental study, and computational modeling.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.839 - Research in Cognitive Science

Current topics in any area of cognitive science, including language and vision, with discussion of recent developments in theory, experimental study, and computational modeling.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Landau, Barbara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.870 - Dissertation Research

Independent study. Intended for graduate students who have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation but must remain or return to residency status in order to fufill other obligations. Advisor or department approval required

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Canceled
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.849 - Teaching Practicum

Essential for Teaching Assistants to satisfy graduate degree TA requirements. Students must register to the appropriate instructor's section based on department assignments.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Tao, Yuan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science

AS.050.817 - Research Seminar in Semantics

A critical analysis of current issues and debates in natural language semantics. Discussion of on-going research.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Cognitive Science