Focus

Each COGS major will have to satisfy four courses in a focus area. In some cases, students will be allowed to design their own focus area, which must include a description of a coherent problem area and rationale for the course of study, and 4 relevant (and available) courses. Focus area proposals must be approved by the advisor and the chair of the Cognitive Science steering committee.

Consciousness

  1. PHIL35 - Mind and Psychology - Prerequisites:1 PHIL/IP

Either of:          

  • PSYC51.01 - The Neuroscience of the Mind-Body Problem - Prerequisites: PSYC6 or 1 of: [21, 26, 28]
  • PSYC51.04 - Attention - Prerequisites: PSYC1 or 6

Two from:         

  • PHIL26 - Philosophy and Computers - Prerequisites: 1 PHIL /IP
  • PHIL34 - Language and Thought - Prerequisites: 1 PHIL/IP
  • PSYC21 - Perception - Prerequisites: PSYC1 or 6
  • PSYC27 - Cognitive Neuroscience - Prerequisites: PSYC1 or 6
  • PSYC83.03 - The Self - Prerequisites: PSYC1, 23 and IP
  • COSC76 - Artificial Intelligence - Prerequisites: COSC10, rec: 30
  • COSC81 - Principles of Robot Design and Programming - Prerequisites: COSC10

Neuroeconomics

  1. PSYC50.02 - Decision-Making - Prerequisites: PSYC1 or 6                                
  2. ECON21 - Microeconomics  - Prerequisites: ECON1 and MATH3; or 1 of: [MATH 8, 11, 12, 13]

Two from:     

  • PSYC80.02 - Neuroeconomics - Prerequisites: IP
  • PSYC80.01 - Neuroscience of Reward - Prerequisites: PSYC6 and 1 of [26, 45, BIOL34]
  • PSYC53 - Social and Affective Motivation of Behavior - Prerequisites: PSYC1, 6, 23, 27, or 28  
  • PHIL34 - Language and Thought - Prerequisites: 1 PHIL/IP
  • PHIL80.12 - Free Will, Responsibility and the Brain - Prerequisites: IP
  • ECON81 - Advanced Topics in Microeconomics - Prerequisites: ECON20, ECON21, ECON22, MATH8
  • COSC16 - Introduction to Computational Neuroscience - Prerequisites: 1 of PSYC1, PSYC6, BIOL34, COSC1, ENGS20
  • COSC74 - Machine Learning and Statistical Data Analysis - Prerequisites: COSC1 or ENGS20; MATH22 or MATH24

Language Acquisition / Psycholinguistics

  1. EDUC58 - Language Acquisition and Development          

Three from:   

  • EDUC50 - The Reading Brain
  • LING21 - Phonology -  Prerequisites: LING1
  • LING22 - Syntax - Prerequisites: LING1
  • LING26 - Morphology - Prerequisites: LING1

Cognitive Development

  1. PSYC25 - Developmental Psychology  - Prerequisites: PSYC01
  2. EDUC62 - Adolescent Development and Education
  3. EDUC56 - STEM and Education
  4. PSYC50.08 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory - Prerequisites: PSYC06 or IP

Alternates:    

  • PSYC52 - Issues in Learning and Development -  Prerequisites: IP
  • COSC74 - Machine Learning and Statistical Data Analysis - Prerequisites: COSC1 or ENGS20; MATH22 or MATH24

Social Cognition

  1. PSYC23 - Social Psychology - Prerequisites: PSYCO1
  2. SOCY64 - Sociology of Emotion
  3. PSYC86 - Face Perception - Prerequisites: IP
  4. EDUC57 - Social and Emotional Development

Alternates:    

  • PSYC179 - Social Brain
  • PSYC83.03 - The Self -  Prerequisites: PSYCO1 and PSYC23 and IP
  • PHIL21 - Philosophy of Human Nature -  Prerequisites: any PHIL

Learning and Education

  1. EDUC01 - The Learning Brain: Introduction to Child Development and Education
  2. EDUC16 - Educational Psychology
  3. PSYC22 - Learning - Prerequisites: PSYC01 or PSYC06
  4. EDUC55 - Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education

Alternates:

  • EDUC** - Development in the Exceptional Child/The Reading Brain/STEM and Education/Educational Testing/Language Acquisition/Learning and Education Across Cultures  
  • SOCY58 - Education and Inequality