Undergraduate Courses

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Visual Cognition
AS.050.116 (01)

How do humans make sense of the visual world around them? This course will provide an introductory survey of current research, methods, and theories in visual cognition. We will draw upon topics in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, and artificial intelligence.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Isik, Leyla
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/48
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-COMPCG, COGS-NEURO

Neuroscience: Cognitive
AS.050.203 (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. It’s strongly recommended that students have background in one of the following courses: AS.050.101 OR AS.050.105 OR AS.200.141.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Bonner, Michael (Mick)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/250
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO

Bilingualism
AS.050.206 (01)

Do children get confused when they grow up exposed to more than one language? Is it possible to forget one’s native language? Are the first and second language processed in different areas of the brain? How does brain damage impact the different languages of a polyglot? Does knowing a second language affect non-linguistic cognitive processing? This course will address questions such as these through an exploration of mental and neural processes underlying bilingual and multilingual language processing. Also offered as AS.050.606.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room: Krieger 111  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-LING

Cognitive Neuropsychology of Visual Perception: The Malfunctioning Visual Brain
AS.050.315 (01)

When we think about our ability to see, we tend to think about our eyes, but in fact vision happens mostly in the brain. This course explores the remarkable perceptual deficits that occur when the visual regions of the brain are damaged or fail to develop normally, focusing on what these perceptual malfunctions tell us about normal visual perception. Topics include visual system anatomy and physiology; functional specialization in the lower visual system as revealed by cerebral achromatopsia (color blindness resulting from brain damage) and akinetopsia (impaired motion perception); cortical plasticity in the visual system; spatial deficits in perception and action; and the implications of high-level visual deficits, including prosopagnosia (impaired face recognition), Charles Bonnet syndrome (complex visual hallucinations in blind areas of the visual field), blindsight (accurate responding to visual stimuli despite apparent inability to see them), and aphantasia (lack of visual imagery).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: McCloskey, Michael E (Michael)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/75
  • PosTag(s): COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG

Syntax I
AS.050.320 (01)

Introduces the basic methods and means of analysis used in contemporary syntax investigations, practicing with data from different languages. Also offered as AS.050.620.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Srinivas, Sadhwi (Sadhwi)
  • Room: Krieger 111  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING

Phonology I
AS.050.325 (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.050.625.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Wilson, Colin
  • Room: Krieger 111  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/39
  • PosTag(s): BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-LING

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
AS.050.332 (01)

In-depth examination of the current literature on cognitive development in the context of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Please see course prerequisites. Meets with AS.050.632.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Landau, Barbara (Barbara)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): NEUR-CG, COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO

Cognitive Development
AS.050.339 (01)

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: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room: Krieger 111  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-NEURO

Second Language Acquisition
AS.050.349 (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.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room: Krieger 111  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/19
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY

Applying Cognitive Neuroscience to Artificial Intelligence Part II
AS.050.353 (01)

As a myriad of artificial intelligence enabled autonomous systems enter into our lives and change how we live, we must ask: can we trust these systems? In this course we will take a human-centered perspective on assured autonomy and identify why and how insights from human perception and cognition can guide solutions for reliable, resilient, and robust autonomous systems. We will address bias, ethics, explanability, and safety by focusing on specific case studies from autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, healthcare, fashion, law enforcement, and military systems. Students will apply learned material to a semester-long group research project on a topic of their choice.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room:    
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 10/30
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, COGS-COMPCG

Foundations of Neural Network Theory
AS.050.372 (01)

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. This is a basic-level course not appropriate for students with significant math background. tudents who have completed both Calc III (AS.110.202 or AS.110.211) and Linear Algebra (AS.110.201 or AS.110.212 or EN.553.291) or an equivalent combination may not register. Also offered as AS.050.672.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Smolensky, Paul
  • Room: Krieger 134A  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/10
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COMPCG

Practicum in Language Disorders- Community Based Learning
AS.050.500 (01)

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. Independent mode of transportation required. Co-listed as AS.080.505 in Neuroscience. Find out more about the practicum site at https://www.leagueforpeople.org/scale.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
  • Room:    
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 2/3
  • PosTag(s): CSC-CE

Topics in Music Cognition
AS.376.372 (01)

This course explores the similarities and differences between music and language, the effects of musical training on cognitive development, and the expressive power of music, with an introduction to music and its role in film. We will read relevant research and theory on these topics from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, musicology, and philosophical perspectives.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room: Shaffer 202  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG

Topics in Music Cognition
AS.376.372 (02)

This course explores the similarities and differences between music and language, the effects of musical training on cognitive development, and the expressive power of music, with an introduction to music and its role in film. We will read relevant research and theory on these topics from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, musicology, and philosophical perspectives.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room: Shaffer 202  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.050.116 (01)Visual CognitionTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMIsik, Leyla 
 
COGS-COGPSY, COGS-COMPCG, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.203 (01)Neuroscience: CognitiveTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBonner, Michael (Mick) 
 
COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.206 (01)BilingualismTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMYarmolinskaya, Julia SKrieger 111
 
COGS-COGPSY, COGS-LING
AS.050.315 (01)Cognitive Neuropsychology of Visual Perception: The Malfunctioning Visual BrainTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMMcCloskey, Michael E (Michael) 
 
COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG
AS.050.320 (01)Syntax IMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMSrinivas, Sadhwi (Sadhwi)Krieger 111
 
COGS-LING
AS.050.325 (01)Phonology IMW 9:00AM - 10:15AMWilson, ColinKrieger 111
 
BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-LING
AS.050.332 (01)Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceT 1:30PM - 4:00PMLandau, Barbara (Barbara) 
 
NEUR-CG, COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.339 (01)Cognitive DevelopmentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYarmolinskaya, Julia SKrieger 111
 
COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.349 (01)Second Language AcquisitionTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMYarmolinskaya, Julia SKrieger 111
 
COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.353 (01)Applying Cognitive Neuroscience to Artificial Intelligence Part IIMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMLopez-Gonzalez, Monica 
 
COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, COGS-COMPCG
AS.050.372 (01)Foundations of Neural Network TheoryMWF 3:00PM - 4:15PMSmolensky, PaulKrieger 134A
 
COGS-COMPCG
AS.050.500 (01)Practicum in Language Disorders- Community Based LearningRapp, Brenda C 
 
CSC-CE
AS.376.372 (01)Topics in Music CognitionM 3:00PM - 5:30PMLopez-Gonzalez, MonicaShaffer 202
 
COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG
AS.376.372 (02)Topics in Music CognitionT 3:00PM - 5:30PMLopez-Gonzalez, MonicaShaffer 202
 
COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG