Graduate Courses

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

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Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience
AS.050.603 (01)

This course surveys theory and research concerning how mental processes are carried out by the human brain. Currently a wide range of methods of probing the functioning brain are yielding insights into the nature of the relation between mental and neural events. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of both the physiological bases of the techniques and the issues involved in relating measures of brain activity to cognitive functioning. Methods surveyed include electrophysiological recording techniques such as EEG, ERP, single/multiple unit recording and MEG; functional imaging techniques such as PET and fMRI; and methods that involve lesioning or disrupting neural activity such as cortical stimulation, animal lesion studies, and the study of brain-damaged individuals.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Bonner, Michael, Rapp, Brenda C
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Syntax I
AS.050.620 (01)

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
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Phonology I
AS.050.625 (01)

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
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Wilson, Colin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Foundations of Cognitive Science
AS.050.626 (01)

Also offered as AS.050.326. This course explores general issues and methodologies in cognitive science through the reading of classic works (from Plato and Kant through Skinner and Turing) and recent research articles to begin construction of a coherent picture of many seemingly divergent perspectives on the mind/brain. Recent brain-based computational models serve to focus discussion.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Smolensky, Paul
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Psycholinguistics
AS.050.633 (01)

Also offered as AS.050.333. This course provides a broad survey of current research on language processing in adult native speakers and language learners. Topics include speech perception, word recognition, and sentence production and comprehension. We will discuss the nature of representations that are being constructed in real-time language use, as well as how the mental procedures for constructing linguistic representations could be studied by various behavioral and physiological measures.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lutken, Carolyn J
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intro to Neurolinguistics
AS.050.636 (01)

This course provides an introductory survey of the cognitive neuroscience of language – a multidisciplinary field in the intersection of Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Neuroscience. We will explore current research on the neural bases of the perception, production, and acquisition or human language in neuro-typical and impaired individuals. Also listed as AS.050.236.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Second Language Acquisition
AS.050.649 (01)

First language acquisition is natural and seemingly effortless. The situation is reversed when one tries to learn another language. This course discusses in what ways first and second language acquisition (SLA) differ and how individual differences of the learners as well as external factors contribute to the variability observed in rates and ultimate proficiency of second language learning in children and adults. We will discuss such topics as Universal Grammar access in early and late SLA, first language influence, critical periods, possibility of native-like attainment, and language attrition. Recommended background in AS.050.102 Language and Mind, AS.050.348 Language Acquisition, AS.050.206 Bilingualism or equivalent. Also offered as AS.050.349.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Cognitive Neuropsychology
AS.050.801 (01)

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
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: McCloskey, Michael E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Cognitive Processes
AS.050.802 (01)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Computational Cognitive Science
AS.050.809 (01)

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
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 23/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Language & Cognition
AS.050.811 (01)

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
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 2:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Landau, Barbara
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
AS.050.812 (01)

This seminar will discuss papers and ongoing research in the areas of computational cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on different areas of visual and social perception.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 10:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Instructor: Isik, Leyla
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Computer Vision
AS.050.814 (01)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Instructor: Yuille, Alan L
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Semantics
AS.050.817 (01)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Formal Approaches to Cognitive Science
AS.050.826 (01)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 11:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Instructor: Wilson, Colin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar in Language Acquisition
AS.050.827 (01)

Focus is on current research in acquisition of syntax.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar on Formal Theory in Cognitive Science
AS.050.829 (01)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 11:30AM - 1:00PM
  • Instructor: Smolensky, Paul
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.050.603 (01)Intro to Cognitive NeuroscienceTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBonner, Michael, Rapp, Brenda C 
AS.050.620 (01)Syntax ITTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLegendre, Geraldine 
AS.050.625 (01)Phonology IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMWilson, Colin 
AS.050.626 (01)Foundations of Cognitive ScienceMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMSmolensky, Paul 
AS.050.633 (01)PsycholinguisticsMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMLutken, Carolyn J 
AS.050.636 (01)Intro to NeurolinguisticsTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMYarmolinskaya, Julia S 
AS.050.649 (01)Second Language AcquisitionTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYarmolinskaya, Julia S 
AS.050.801 (01)Research Seminar in Cognitive NeuropsychologyF 1:00PM - 3:00PMMcCloskey, Michael E 
AS.050.802 (01)Research Seminar in Cognitive ProcessesW 12:00PM - 2:00PMRapp, Brenda C 
AS.050.809 (01)Research Seminar in Computational Cognitive ScienceT 1:30PM - 3:00PMYuille, Alan L 
AS.050.811 (01)Research Seminar in Language & CognitionF 2:00PM - 3:30PMLandau, Barbara 
AS.050.812 (01)Research Seminar in Computational Cognitive NeuroscienceF 10:00AM - 11:30AMIsik, Leyla 
AS.050.814 (01)Research Seminar in Computer VisionF 11:00AM - 12:00PMYuille, Alan L 
AS.050.817 (01)Research Seminar in SemanticsRawlins, Kyle 
AS.050.826 (01)Research Seminar in Formal Approaches to Cognitive ScienceT 11:00AM - 1:00PMWilson, Colin 
AS.050.827 (01)Research Seminar in Language AcquisitionW 3:00PM - 5:00PMLegendre, Geraldine 
AS.050.829 (01)Research Seminar on Formal Theory in Cognitive ScienceTh 11:30AM - 1:00PMSmolensky, Paul