News & Events

  • Adina Roskies Academic Minute:

    Among the exciting developments in the Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences is the ability to directly intervene in cognitive function. Pioneering work in the areas of Deep Brain Stimulation and brain computer interfaces (also known as BCIs) has demonstrated that we have the ability to dramatically reduce the motor...

  • Below are potentially relevant courses for COGS in departments across the
    university. This list may help in designing your focus area. The listed
    courses are based on our current information and judgment and may not
    exhaust the COGS-relevant courses on offer in any term.
    Please note Education courses and Computer Science courses are not yet on
    this list: coming soon.

    SPRING 2018
    LING 50.01 Computational Linguistics
    PHIL 6 (9S)...

  • Neuron 96 (2017) pp. 14-16 Author: Adina Roskies

    New NIH definitions classify virtually all human brain and behavioral research as clinical trials. The new definitions will change regulatory, reporting, and funding schemes for noninvasive studies such as neuroimaging. Resulting burdens threaten the viability of basic biobehavioral science research.
    There are two primary categories of biological research in humans: basic science research, or research aimed at understanding the...

  • On Episode 25, Nick Zautra (host) talks with Adina Roskies about her life-changing undergraduate experience (filled with pedagogical nightmares) at Yale, graduate study and postdoctoral work in neuroscience and cognitive science, returning to complete a PhD in philosophy at MIT, philosophy of neuroimaging, and the political and policy implications of not understanding how science works.

    SCI PHI is a weekly philosophy of science podcast featuring...

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:45 pm, Moore Hall B03
    Constraints and Flexibility during Vocal Development
    Human vocal development is typically conceived as a sequence of two processes—an early maturation phase where vocal sounds change as a function of body growth (“constraints”) followed by a period during which social experience can influence vocal sound production (“flexibility”). However, studies of other behaviors (e.g., locomotion) reveal that growth and...

  • Welcome to the Cognitive Science Program!

    Cognitive scientists may focus on particular cognitive faculties, such as language or memory, on specific cognitive phenomena, such as empathy, or on understanding the fundamentals of cognition quite broadly, for example in information-theoretic terms. What sets cognitive science apart from its core areas is its commitment to cross-disciplinary methodology. Students wishing to pursue work in cognitive science take a defined...

  • Evaluating animal threats and human intentions uses common brain network

    A particular wrinkle in the brain may be where you separate a scary scorpion from a benign bunny.  The brain area, involved in social behavior, also assesses how threatening animals are, scientists propose May 11 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

    Twelve adults underwent brain scans while viewing pictures of animals...

  • Do Non-Linguistic Creatures have a Fodorian Language of Thought?  

    To watch Susan Carey's lecture please click on the following "You Tube" links.

    Susan E. Carey, Harvard University
    Friday, April 28, 2017, 4:30 pm, Moore B03, reception to follow

    Do Non-...

  • Lecturer: Shaun B. Nichols, University of Arizona
    Thursday, 4-6-17
    Moore Hall B03, 4:45 pm
    Reception to follow
    This event is free and open to the public!

    About the lecture:
    Philosophical observation and psychological studies indicate that people draw subtle distinctions in the normative domain.  But it remains unclear exactly what gives rise to such distinctions. On one prominent approach, emotion systems trigger non-utilitarian judgments. The main alternative...

  • Thursday, 3-2-17, Reed 108, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, The Evolution of Language
    Friday, 3-3-17, Reed 108, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, The Coming Revolution in Cognitive Science

    Dr. Sydney Lamb, Rice University

    Sydney Lamb, a native of Denver, Colorado, graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation was a description...