Course Descriptions

See the Registrar's Web site for additional descriptions of the Cognitive Science Program courses.

COGS 1 - Introduction to Cognitive Science

Instructor: Roskies

Cognitive Science aims to understand how the mind works by using tools and insights from a variety of fields including experimental psychology, computer science, linguistics, vision science, philosophy, anthropology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience. This course will introduce you to many of the major tools and theories from these areas as they relate to the study of the mind. We will tour mental processes such as perception, reasoning, memory, attention, imagery, language, intelligence, decision-making, and morality, and discover many strange and amazing properties of mind. 

Offered: 17S: TBD

COGS 2/PSYC 28 - Cognition

An introduction to the study of thought, memory, language, and attention from the point of view of information processing.  In surveying research in cognitive psychology, substantial contact is made with related cognitive sciences, such as artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, and contemporary philosophy.  In the course of examining general principles of cognition, the following topics are discussed:  mental imagery; concepts; reasoning; discourse, monetary and courtroom decision making; eye-witness testimony; social attribution and sterotyping; language in chimpanzees; expert systems; the relationship between information processing and conscious experience; and the philosophical foundations of cognitive science.  

Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6 or COSC 1

Cross-Listed as: PSYC 28

Distributive: Dist:SOC

COGS 11.01 - Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Instructor: Roskies

What is the mind and how can we model it? This course will cover the classical foundations of cognitive science, and some of the more recent developments in the field.  The course is designed to introduce students to central debates and arguments in the philosophy of cognitive science.  We will study philosophical views of the relationship between the mind and the physical world, the computational theory of the mind and its implications, connectionism, theories of embodiment, dynamical systems, and recent statistical approaches to cognition. Open to all.

Cross-Listed as: PHIL 10

Offered: 18S: TBD

COGS 21 - Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

Your brain is composed of low-precision, slow, sparsely-connected computing elements, yet it outperforms any extant computer on tasks ranging from perception to planning. Computational Neuroscience has as its twin goals the scientific understanding of how brains compute thought, and the engineering capability to reconstruct the identified computations. Topics in the class included anatomical circuit design, physiological operating rules, evolutionary derivation, mathematical analyses, and emergent behavior, as well as development of applications from robotics to medicine.

Distributive: Dist:SCI

COGS 26 - Philosophy and Computers

Instructor: Moor

The accomplishments of artificial intelligence research and the widespread use of computers in our society confront us with many interesting philosophical questions. What are the limits of artificial intelligence? Could computers ever think or feel? Is the Turing test a good test? Are we really computers? Are there decisions computers should never make? Do computers threaten our privacy in special ways? This course will consider such issues in order to explore the philosophical implications of computing. Open to all classes.

Prerequisite: One Philosophy course, one Cognitive Science course, one Computer Science course, or permission of the instructor.

Cross-Listed as: PHIL 26

Distributive: Dist:TAS

Offered: 17S: 10

COGS 44 - Artificial Intelligence

An introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence. Topics include games, robotics, motion planning, knowledge representation, logic and theorem proving, probabilistic reasoning over time, understanding of natural languages, and discussions of human intelligence.

Prerequisite: COSC 10. COSC 30 is recommended.

Cross-Listed as: COSC 76

Distributive: Dist:TAS

COGS 50 - Topics in Cognitive Science

Instructor: TBD

This course is a mid-level topical course in Cognitive Science. Course offerings will touch on disciplines across the cognitive sciences. Potential course topics may be Cognitive Development, Mental and Brain Representation, Evolution of Brain and Mind, to Rationality, Language and Culture, or Machine Models of Mind. Course offerings will change each term offered.

Offered: 18W: TBD

COGS 80 - Major Seminar in Cognitive Science

Instructor: Staff

This seminar is required for majors. Each week a member of Dartmouth’s faculty working in diverse areas of cognitive science will present current work in a lunchtime seminar. Prior to the lecture you will work through related papers as a group in preparation, and the day following the lecture you will meet with the professor to discuss the material further. This seminar will prepare you for independent research in Cognitive Science.  Note - this class meets every x-hour.

Offered: 17F

COGS 85 - Independent Study and Research

Instructor: Roskies

This course offers qualified students of cognitive science the opportunity to pursue work on a topic of special interest through an individually designed program. Requires permission of the instructor and the Chair.

COGS 86 - Honors Research

Instructor: Roskies

COGS 86 and COGS 87 consist of independent research and writing on a selected topic under the supervision of a Program member who acts as advisor. Open to honors majors in Cognitive Science. Permission of the thesis advisor and the Chair required.

Offered: All terms: Arrange

COGS 87 - Honors Thesis

Instructor: Roskies

COGS 86 and COGS 87 consist of independent research and writing on a selected topic under the supervision of a Program member who acts as advisor. Open to honors majors in Cognitive Science. Permission of the thesis advisor and the Chair required.

Offered: All terms: Arrange