Undergraduate Courses

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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, Rapp, Brenda C
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 46/250
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO

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
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/75
  • PosTag(s): COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG

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: T 5:00PM - 7:20PM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • 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 9:00AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Lopez-Gonzalez, Monica
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG

Neurolinguistics
AS.050.236 (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.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, BEHB-BIOBEH

Psycholinguistics
AS.050.333 (01)

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. Also offered as AS.050.633.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lutken, Carolyn J
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST, BEHB-BIOBEH, COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY

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 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yarmolinskaya, Julia S
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY

Language and Advertising
AS.365.106 (03)

Advertising pervades our culture; interactions with advertising are an unavoidable fact of modern life. This class uses tools from linguistics and cognitive science to analyze these interactions, and understand the impact of advertising on its viewers. A central theme is to treat ads as communicative acts, and explore the consequences -- what can theories of communication (from linguistics, psychology, and philosophy) tell us about ads? How do ads use central features of human cognition to accomplish their aims? Do ads manipulate, and if so, how successfully? The theories of communication we explore include Gricean pragmatics, theories of speech acts, linguistic theories of presuppositions, and more. Students will collect, analyze, and discuss advertisements in all mediums.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Rawlins, Kyle
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Wilson, Colin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/40
  • PosTag(s): BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-LING

Nature, Nurture, Cognition
AS.365.106 (02)

Using both seminal and contemporary readings as a foundation, this seminar explores the foundations of cognition and their developmental trajectories, focusing on how ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ collaborate to shape development. We will approach these issues in the context of several foundational domains of human knowledge, including language, number, space, and theory of mind, considering how both typical and atypical minds and brains develop.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Landau, Barbara
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Legendre, Geraldine
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-LING

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 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Isik, Leyla
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/50
  • PosTag(s): COGS-COGPSY, COGS-COMPCG, COGS-NEURO

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.050.203 (01)Neuroscience: CognitiveTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBonner, Michael, Rapp, Brenda C COGS-COGPSY, COGS-NEURO
AS.050.315 (01)Cognitive Neuropsychology of Visual Perception: The Malfunctioning Visual BrainTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMMcCloskey, Michael E COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-CG
AS.376.372 (01)Topics in Music CognitionT 5:00PM - 7:20PMLopez-Gonzalez, Monica COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG
AS.376.372 (02)Topics in Music CognitionT 9:00AM - 11:20AMLopez-Gonzalez, Monica COGS-COGPSY, NEUR-ST, NEUR-CG
AS.050.236 (01)NeurolinguisticsTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMYarmolinskaya, Julia S COGS-NEURO, COGS-COGPSY, BEHB-BIOBEH
AS.050.333 (01)PsycholinguisticsMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMLutken, Carolyn J NEUR-CG, NEUR-ST, BEHB-BIOBEH, COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY
AS.050.349 (01)Second Language AcquisitionTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYarmolinskaya, Julia S COGS-LING, COGS-COGPSY
AS.365.106 (03)Language and AdvertisingMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMRawlins, Kyle 
AS.050.325 (01)Phonology IMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMWilson, Colin BEHB-SOCSCI, COGS-LING
AS.365.106 (02)Nature, Nurture, CognitionW 1:30PM - 4:00PMLandau, Barbara 
AS.050.320 (01)Syntax ITTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLegendre, Geraldine COGS-LING
AS.050.116 (01)Visual CognitionTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMIsik, Leyla COGS-COGPSY, COGS-COMPCG, COGS-NEURO