Undergraduate Courses

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Introduction to Cognitive Neuropsychology
AS.050.105 (01)

When the brain is damaged or fails to develop normally, even the most basic cognitive abilities (such as the ability to understand words, or perceive objects) may be disrupted, often in remarkable ways. This course explores a wide range of cognitive deficits, focusing on what these deficits can tell us about how the normal brain works. Topics include brain anatomy and causes of brain damage, reading and spelling deficits, unilateral spatial neglect, hemispheric disconnection, cortical plasticity, and visual perception of location and orientation. Students read primary sources: journal articles that report deficits and discuss their implications.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: McCloskey, Michael E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/200
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO

Freshman Seminar: Theory of Mind and the Science of “Mindreading”
AS.050.121 (01)

Fundamental to nearly all of human social behavior – including the use of language, the development of complex societies and cultures, pretending and storytelling – is the understanding that others have their own thoughts, beliefs, and intentions guiding their behavior. This capacity for “mindreading” is known as theory of mind. This course will explore what it means to have a theory of mind. Are humans born with a theory of mind? Does theory of mind interact with other aspects of cognition? How and why did theory of mind evolve in humans? Are humans unique amongst animals in having a theory of mind? The course will examine basic concepts of the mind and intention in philosophy and psychology, and review research from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience on topics including the development of theory of mind in children, the relationship between language and theory of mind, neurological correlates of theory of mind, links between theory of mind and autism, and theory of mind in non-human animals.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Davis, Elizabeth Emory
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, COGS-COGPSY

First Language Acquisition
AS.050.348 (01)

This course provides an introduction to the fields of first and second language acquisition by looking at questions such as the following: Can the grammar of a native language be learned solely on the basis of noticing statistical correlations among words? How does native language acquisition explain — or is explained by — the universal properties, shared by all languages, of words and grammars? How does being exposed to multiple languages from birth affect language acquisition and what happens when a child is not exposed to any language early in life? Does the same cognitive mechanism guide language learning in children and adults? What factors account for individual differences in ease and ultimate attainment when a second language is learned later in life? Is it possible to become indistinguishable from a native speaker in a foreign language? What changes take place in the brain when a new language is learned? Also offered as AS.050.648.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/19
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY

Freshman Seminar: Theory of Mind and the Science of “Mindreading”
AS.050.121 (02)

Fundamental to nearly all of human social behavior – including the use of language, the development of complex societies and cultures, pretending and storytelling – is the understanding that others have their own thoughts, beliefs, and intentions guiding their behavior. This capacity for “mindreading” is known as theory of mind. This course will explore what it means to have a theory of mind. Are humans born with a theory of mind? Does theory of mind interact with other aspects of cognition? How and why did theory of mind evolve in humans? Are humans unique amongst animals in having a theory of mind? The course will examine basic concepts of the mind and intention in philosophy and psychology, and review research from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience on topics including the development of theory of mind in children, the relationship between language and theory of mind, neurological correlates of theory of mind, links between theory of mind and autism, and theory of mind in non-human animals.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Davis, Elizabeth Emory
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/18
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, COGS-COGPSY

Written Language: Normal Processing and Disorders
AS.050.311 (01)

This course surveys both the historical development of written language as well as current cognitive theories that account for the manner in which the written language is represented and processed by readers/writers of a language. Issues regarding the relationship between the written and spoken language, the neural bases of written language, the acquisition of written language skills, as well as acquired and developmental disorders of reading and writing will be examined.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 4:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Rapp, Brenda C
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/30
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST

Models of Mind and Brain
AS.200.313 (01)

This is a seminar surveying computational approaches to understanding mental and neural processes, including sensory and conceptual representation, categorization, learning and memory. The course will also develop familiarity with computational tools such as numerical simulation, linear transformation and data visualization. Recommended Course Background: AS.110.106 / Calculus I OR AS.110.108 Calculus I, AS.050.101 / Cognition OR AS.200.211 / Sensation & Perception OR AS.080.105 / Introduction to Neuroscience OR other introductory coursework in cognitive & neural sciences. Experience with at least one programming language is strongly recommended.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Honey, Christopher
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): NEUR-CG, NEUR-CP, COGS-COMPCG

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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/19
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, 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: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Landau, Barbara
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, BEHB-BIOBEH, NEUR-CG

Language and Mind
AS.050.102 (01)

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.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 28/125
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY

Semantics I
AS.050.317 (01)

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
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 19/35
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING

Introduction to Music Cognition
AS.376.371 (01)

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
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 9:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST

Introduction to Music Cognition
AS.376.371 (02)

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
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 5:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.050.105 (01)Introduction to Cognitive NeuropsychologyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMMcCloskey, Michael E COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.121 (01)Freshman Seminar: Theory of Mind and the Science of “Mindreading”MW 12:00PM - 1:15PMDavis, Elizabeth Emory COGS-PHLMND, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.348 (01)First Language AcquisitionTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMYarmolinskaya, Julia S COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.121 (02)Freshman Seminar: Theory of Mind and the Science of “Mindreading”MW 4:30PM - 5:45PMDavis, Elizabeth Emory COGS-PHLMND, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.311 (01)Written Language: Normal Processing and DisordersF 4:30PM - 7:00PMRapp, Brenda C COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST
AS.200.313 (01)Models of Mind and BrainMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMHoney, Christopher NEUR-CG, NEUR-CP, COGS-COMPCG
AS.050.206 (01)BilingualismTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMYarmolinskaya, Julia S COGS-COGPSY, COGS-LING
AS.050.332 (01)Developmental Cognitive NeuroscienceMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMLandau, Barbara COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO, BEHB-BIOBEH, NEUR-CG
AS.050.102 (01)Language and MindTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYarmolinskaya, Julia S COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.317 (01)Semantics IMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMRawlins, Kyle COGS-LING
AS.376.371 (01)Introduction to Music CognitionT 9:00AM - 11:30AMLopez-Gonzalez, Monica COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST
AS.376.371 (02)Introduction to Music CognitionM 5:00PM - 7:30PMLopez-Gonzalez, Monica COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST