Cognitive Science

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Cognitive Science is the cross-disciplinary study of the structure and processes of human cognition and their computational simulation or modeling. This interdisciplinary program is designed to give students an understanding of questions dealing with human cognition, such as concept formation, visual perception, the acquisition and processing of natural language, and human reasoning and problem solving.

The program draws on relevant courses found within the fields of anthropology, biology, computer science, education, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology, as well as specially designed lower and upper division courses in cognitive science. 

Declaring the Major

For prerequisites required before declaring the major, please see the Major Requirements tab. Students interested in the major should consult the Cognitive Science website and then schedule an appointment with the student academic adviser.  The Cognitive Science office is located in 140 Stephens Hall.

Honors Program

Cognitive Science majors who wish to graduate with honors must have an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher in all work completed at the University and a 3.30 GPA or higher in the major program at the time of graduation. In addition, they must complete a thesis of high quality, based upon independent study with a member of the Cognitive Science faculty and marked by satisfactory completion of at least three units in any of the following courses: COG SCI H195ACOG SCI H195B, or COG SCI 199.  Please visit the Cognitive Science Honors webpage for more information.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the following requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
  2. A lower division requirement may be repeated one time only with the repeated grade being final.  For all other groups, students may repeat courses one time only with the repeated grade being final.
  3. All students must complete at least 30 upper division units.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in all courses used by the major and for upper division courses used by the major.
  5. No more than two upper division courses may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements in a double major. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's minor program, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  6. Please note that COG SCI 197COG SCI 199COG SCI H195A, and COG SCI H195B may not be used to fulfill upper division requirements.

For information regarding all requirements outside the major, including breadth requirements, residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower division prerequisites: three courses10-12
Addtional lower division requirements: two courses7
Upper division distribution requirements: six courses18-24
Upper division electives: three courses9-12
Lower Division prerequisites should read: two courses
Total Units44-55

Lower Division Prerequisites

Note:  For students (freshmen and transfer) admitted to Berkeley Fall 2015 and later, a “C” grade or higher in each of the three prerequisite courses will be required for admission to the major. This is in addition to a 2.0 overall Berkeley GPA. For students (freshmen and transfer) admitted to Berkeley Spring 2015 and earlier, an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the three prerequisites is required for admission to the major. This is in addition to a 2.0 overall Berkeley GPA.

MATH 1ACalculus (preferred)3-4
or MATH 16A Analytic Geometry and Calculus
COMPSCI 61AThe Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs4
or ENGIN 7 Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers

Lower Division Requirements

COG SCI 1Introduction to Cognitive Science4
MCELLBI C61Brain, Mind, and Behavior3
or MCELLBI C64 Exploring the Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience
MATH 55Discrete Mathematics4
or COMPSCI 70 Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory

Upper Division Distribution Requirements

Select one course from each of the following six areas. Courses that are listed within more than one area of concentration can be counted toward only one requirement.

Cognitive Neuroscience
ANTHRO 107Evolution of the Human Brain4
COG SCI/PSYCH C127Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSYCH 117Human Neuropsychology3
PSYCH 133Psychology of Sleep3
PSYCH 114Biology of Learning3
Cognitive Psychology
COG SCI C100/PSYCH C120Basic Issues in Cognition3
COG SCI C102/PSYCH C129Scientific Approaches to Consciousness3
COG SCI/PSYCH C126Perception3
LINGUIS C146/PSYCH C143Language Acquisition3
PSYCH 122Introduction to Human Learning and Memory3
PSYCH 164Social Cognition3
Computational Modeling
COG SCI 131Computational Models of Cognition4
COMPSCI 188Introduction to Artificial Intelligence4
Linguistics
COG SCI C101/LINGUIS C105Cognitive Linguistics4
COG SCI/LINGUIS C142Language and Thought3
COG SCI/LINGUIS C147Language Disorders3
LINGUIS 100Introduction to Linguistic Science4
LINGUIS 108Psycholinguistics3
Philosophy
PHILOS 3The Nature of Mind4
PHILOS 12AIntroduction to Logic4
PHILOS 25AAncient Philosophy4
PHILOS 25BModern Philosophy4
CLASSIC 36Greek Philosophy4
PHILOS 122Theory of Knowledge4
PHILOS 132Philosophy of Mind4
PHILOS 133Philosophy of Language4
PHILOS 135Theory of Meaning4
PHILOS 136Philosophy of Perception4
Society, Culture, and Cognition
ANTHRO 166Language, Culture, and Society4
INFO 103History of Information3
COG SCI/LINGUIS C104The Mind, Language, and Politics4
ECON 119Psychology and Economics4
EDUC 140AC/W140/W140AThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
LINGUIS 150Sociolinguistics3
PSYCH 107Buddhist Psychology3
PSYCH 160Social Psychology3
PSYCH 164Social Cognition3
PSYCH 166ACCultural Psychology3
SOCIOL 150Social Psychology4

Upper Division Electives

In addition to completing the six distribution groups, students must complete at least three additional elective courses.  Students may wish to focus elective options on an unofficial concentration, which would consist of three courses, all within one of the six Cognitive Science categories. Students who choose to concentrate should select at least two of their three electives from that area. These two within-area electives, together with that area's distribution requirement, comprise the concentration. Concentrations are not recorded on the student's transcript or diploma, and progress toward their completion is not tracked by the student's adviser.  Please see a Cognitive Science adviser if you have a question about focusing your electives on a particular area.

Select three courses from the following list:

ANTHRO 149Psychological Anthropology4
ANTHRO 160ACForms of Folklore4
ANTHRO 161Narrative Folklore4
COG SCI C140/LINGUIS C160Quantitative Methods in Linguistics4
COMPSCI 160User Interface Design and Development4
COMPSCI 170Efficient Algorithms and Intractable Problems4
COMPSCI 186Introduction to Database Systems4
COMPSCI/VIS SCI C280Computer Vision3
COMPSCI 287Advanced Robotics3
COMPSCI 288Natural Language Processing4
EDUC 224AMathematical Thinking and Problem Solving3
EDUC C229A/PSYCH C223Proseminar: Problem Solving and Understanding3
LINGUIS 106Metaphor4
LINGUIS 110Phonetics4
LINGUIS 115Morphology4
LINGUIS 120Syntax4
LINGUIS 121Logical Semantics4
LINGUIS 123Pragmatics3
LINGUIS 125Gesture, Cognition, and Culture3
LINGUIS 130Comparative and Historical Linguistics4
LINGUIS/SLAVIC C139Language Spread3
LINGUIS 151Language and Gender3
LINGUIS 158Computational Methods3
LINGUIS 170History, Structure, and Sociolinguistics of a Particular Language3
LINGUIS 181Lexical Semantics3
MCELLBI 160Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology4
MCELLBI 160LNeurobiology Laboratory4
MCELLBI 161Circuit, Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience4
MCELLBI 165Neurobiology of Disease3
MCELLBI 166Biophysical Neurobiology3
MEDIAST 101Visual Communications4
MEDIAST 102Effects of Mass Media4
MUSIC 108/108MMusic Perception and Cognition4
MUSIC 109/109MMusic Cognition: The Mind Behind the Musical Ear3
NATAMST 151Native American Philosophy4
PHILOS 128Philosophy of Science4
PHILOS 138Philosophy of Society4
PHILOS 140AIntermediate Logic4
PHILOS 140BIntermediate Logic4
PHILOS 176Hume4
PHILOS 178Kant4
PHILOS 185Heidegger4
PHILOS 186BLater Wittgenstein4
PHILOS 188Phenomenology4
POL SCI 161Public Opinion, Voting and Participation4
POL SCI 164APolitical Psychology and Public Policy,Political Psychology and Involvement3,4
PSYCH 110Introduction to Biological Psychology3
PSYCH 114Biology of Learning3
PSYCH 121Animal Cognition3
PSYCH 125The Developing Brain3
PSYCH 167ACStigma and Prejudice3
RHETOR 103AApproaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory4
RHETOR 103BApproaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory II4
RHETOR 110Advanced Argumentative Writing4
RHETOR 170Rhetoric of Social Science4
VIS SCI 265Neural Computation3

College Requirements

Undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages. 

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Berkeley Campus Requirement

American Cultures

All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete parts A & B reading and composition courses by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department
Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding UCEAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that is concerned with the acquisition, representation, and use of knowledge by individual minds, brains, and machines, as well as groups, institutions, and other social entities. Because the fundamental purpose of the University, as a social institution, is the preservation, generation, and transmission of knowledge, cognitive science speaks to the heart of the University's mission. By engaging faculty from psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, and anthropology, sociology, and other social sciences in common purpose, cognitive science constitutes a microcosm of the University as a whole. Berkeley's Cognitive Science Program is almost unique in terms of the scope of our approach to the field.

Cognitive Science major students are expected to approach problems of knowledge using the tools of several different disciplines: philosophy, psychology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, and various social sciences. This expectation is reflected in a demanding curriculum that moves from a broad introductory survey course (COG SCI 1), to a six-course distribution requirement covering the philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, linguistics, computational modeling and artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and various social sciences. After fulfilling their distribution requirement, students have the opportunity to concentrate further study in one of these six fields, and to complete an honors thesis.

Learning Goals for the Major

By the end of their undergraduate careers, cognitive science majors are expected to understand and critically evaluate:

  1. Research and theory in cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, problem-solving, judgment, and decision-making.
  2. Research and theory in linguistics, with special attention to the relation between language and thought.
  3. Various approaches to artificial intelligence, and the computational modeling of cognitive processes.
  4. The biological bases of cognitive functions, as uncovered by cognitive neuroscience.
  5. Classic and contemporary work on the philosophy of mind, including the mind-body problem, mental causation, freedom of the will, and the nature of consciousness.
  6. The sociocultural context of individual cognition, including the social construction and organization of knowledge, cultural differences in cognition, the history of information, etc.

Skills

We also expect that students will have acquired the following skills for lifelong learning and effective citizenship:

  1. Formulating a well-organized argument supported by evidence.
  2. Effectively written, spoken, and graphical communication.
  3. Problem-solving in cognitive science and its constituent fields.
  4. Applying critical thinking skills in new and complex situations.
  5. Using probability and statistics in reasoning.
  6. Understanding the social implications of theory and research in cognitive science for responsible professional, civic, and ethical behavior.

Academic Opportunities

Graduate Study

Cognitive Science does not have a graduate program at UC, Berkeley. The cognitive science research community at Berkeley is centered around the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Students interested in cognitive science graduate study can receive graduate training in programs in affiliated disciplines, e.g., psychologylinguisticsneuroscience. There is presently no separate graduate program specifically for cognitive science. We are exploring the possibility of starting a cognitive science graduate program in the near future.

Honors

Students with a 3.3 grade point average overall and in the upper division major courses may apply for admission to the honors program in their senior year. The awarding of honors is contingent upon submission of a thesis of high quality, based upon independent study with a member of the Cognitive Science faculty and marked by satisfactory completion of at least 3 and at most 6 units of course H195A, H195B or 199. Evaluation of the thesis is the responsibility of, first, the faculty supervisor and then of the second reader, both secured by the student. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and the second reader to decide (1) whether the thesis is of honors quality and (2) if of honors quality, which level of honors is to be assigned: Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors.  Please see the Cognitive Science program's Honors page for additional details.

Student Association

The Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA) is a great resource for students interested in Cognitive Science. About the CSSA, from their website: The CSSA regularly coordinates academic events such as guest lectures and information sessions; plans social events like professor-student dinners and cog sci themed gatherings; and works with cognitive science faculty and university officials to provide assistance for students. Additionally, the CSSA teaches its own decal on research methodology, has an academic outreach program, and organizes the annual California Cognitive Science Conference.  Click here to visit the CSSA website.

Courses

Cognitive Science

COG SCI 1 Introduction to Cognitive Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2017
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research from artificial intelligence, pyschology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness. Sections will demonstrate some of the major methodologies.

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COG SCI 1B Introduction to Cognitive Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research in such fields as artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness.

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COG SCI N1 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research in such fields as artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness. Sections will demonstrate some of the
major methodologies.
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COG SCI 88 Data Science and the Mind 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
How does the human mind work? We explore this question by analyzing a range of data concerning such topics as human rationality and irrationality, human memory, how objects and events are represented in the mind, and the relation of language and cognition. This class provides students with critical thinking and computing skills that will allow them to work with data in cognitive science and related disciplines.

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COG SCI 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
Seminar for the group study of selected topics. Topics may be initiated by students subject to the approval of the major advisor.

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COG SCI 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Independent study and research by arrangement with faculty.

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COG SCI C100 Basic Issues in Cognition 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Theoretical foundations and current controversies in cognitive science will be discussed. Basic issues in cognition--including perception, imagery, memory, categorization, thinking, judgment, and development--will be considered from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, computer science, and physiology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nature, implications, and limitations of the computational model of mind.

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COG SCI N100 Basic Issues in Cognition 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2018 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Theoretical foundations and current controversies in cognitive science will be discussed. Basic issues in cognition--including perception, imagery, memory, categorization, thinking, judgment, and development--will be considered from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, computer science, and physiology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nature, implications, and limitations of the computational
model of mind.
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COG SCI C101 Cognitive Linguistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Spring 2016
Conceptual systems and language from the perspective of cognitive science. How language gives insight into conceptual structure, reasoning, category-formation, metaphorical understanding, and the framing of experience. Cognitive versus formal linguistics. Implications from and for philosophy, anthropology, literature, artificial intelligence, and politics.

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COG SCI C102 Scientific Approaches to Consciousness 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
This course will examine the nature of human consciousness from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. It will cover topics from the philosophy of mind, cognitive linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computational models.
Recommended Courses: Psych C120/CogSci C100 OR Psych/CogSci C127

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COG SCI C104 The Mind, Language, and Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2009
An analysis of contemporary liberal and conservative thought and language, in terms of the basic mechanisms of mind: frames, prototypes, radial categories, contested concepts, conceptual metaphor, metonymy, and blends. The framing of political discourse. The logic of political thought. The purpose of the course is to provide students interested in political and social issues with the tools to analyze the framing of, and logic behind, contemporary
political discourse.
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COG SCI C126 Perception 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
An introduction to principal theoretical constructs and experimental procedures in visual and auditory perception. Topics will include psychophysics; perception of color, space, shape, and motion; pattern recognition and perceptual attention.

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COG SCI C127 Cognitive Neuroscience 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
This course will examine research investigating the neurological basis of cognition. Material covered will include the study of brain-injured patients, neurophysiological research in animals, and the study of normal cognitive processes in humans with non-invasive behavioral and physiological techniques such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Topics to be
covered include perception, attention, memory, language, motor control, executive control, and emotion.
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COG SCI 131 Computational Models of Cognition 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will provide advanced students in cognitive science and computer science with the skills to develop computational models of human cognition, giving insight into how people solve challenging computational problems, as well as how to bring computers closer to human performance. The course will explore three ways in which researchers have attempted to formalize cognition -- symbolic approaches, neural networks, and probability and statistics
-- considering the strengths and weaknesses of each.
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COG SCI C131 Computational Models of Cognition 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course will provide advanced students in cognitive science and computer science with the skills to develop computational models of human cognition, giving insight into how people solve challenging computational problems, as well as how to bring computers closer to human performance. The course will explore three ways in which researchers have attempted to formalize cognition -- symbolic approaches, neural networks, and probability and statistics
-- considering the strengths and weaknesses of each.
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COG SCI C140 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An introduction to research using quantitative analysis in linguistics and cognitive science. Students will learn how to use the R programming environment for statistical analysis and data visualization.

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COG SCI C142 Language and Thought 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2016
This seminar explores the relation of language and thought. Is language uniquely human, and if so, what does this reveal about the human mind? Does the particular language you speak affect the way you think, or do human languages reflect a universal conceptual repertoire? The goal of this class is to familiarize you with a set of classic arguments on these themes, together with current research that evaluates these arguments, through weekly
reading and discussion.
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COG SCI C147 Language Disorders 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2013
An introduction to experimental and theoretical research on language disorders, particularly acquired aphasia in adults. Major course themes include the relationship between normal and pathological language, and the usefulness of linguistic analysis for empirical research. Topics include phonetic, phonological, morphological, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of language disorders in mono- and
multilingual speakers of typologically diverse languages.
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COG SCI 190 Special Topics in Cognitive Science 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Selected topics in the study of Cognitive Science.

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COG SCI H195A Special Study for Honors Candidates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
Independent study and preparation of an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

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COG SCI H195B Special Study for Honors Candidates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2008, Spring 2007
Independent study and preparation of an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

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COG SCI 197 Academic Internship Credit 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session
Academic internship credit for students pursuing an internship related to their studies in the Cognitive Science Program. Limited to Cognitive Science declared majors with at least 60 units, and a 2.0 GPA.

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COG SCI 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Seminar for the group study of selected topics. Topics may be initated by students subject to the approval of the major advisor.

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COG SCI 199 Independent Study in Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2013
Independent study and research by arrangement with faculty.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Dor Abrahamson, Associate Professor. Mathematical cognition, design-based research, mixed-media design for mathematics learning environments, embodied interaction.
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Martin S. Banks, Professor. Stereopsis, virtual reality, optometry, multisensory interactions, self-motion perception, vision, depth perception, displays, picture perception, visual ergonomics.
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Sonia Bishop, Assistant Professor.

Roy L. Caldwell, Professor. Ecology, evolution, Invertebrates, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, marine biology, stomatopods, crustaceans, cephalopods, octopus, mating systems, communication, sensory ecology, aggressive behavior, coral reef restoration.
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John Joseph Campbell, Professor. Theory of meaning; philosophy of mind; causation in psychology.
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Jose M. Carmena, Professor. Brain-machine interfaces, neural ensemble computation, neuroprosthetics, sensorimotor learning and control.
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Melinda Chen, Associate Professor.

Clayton Critcher, Assistant Professor. Judgment and decision making, consumer experience, the self, moral psychology, social cognition.
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Mark T. D'Esposito, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, psychology, working memory, frontal lobe function, functional MRI, neurology, brain imaging, dopamine.
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Terrence W. Deacon, Professor. Neuroscience, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, semiotics, primates, linguistic theory.
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Michael Deweese, Assistant Professor. Machine learning, computation, systems neuroscience, auditory cortex, neural coding.
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Susanne Gahl, Associate Professor. Linguistics, psycholinguistics, linguistic structure, language production, aphasia and related language disorders.
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Robert J. Glushko, Adjunct Professor.

Alison Gopnik, Professor. Learning, philosophy, psychology, cognitive development, theory of mind, young children, children's causal knowledge, Bayes Net formalism.
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Tom Griffiths, Associate Professor. Machine learning, computational models of human cognition, Bayesian statistics, cultural evolution.
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William F. Hanks, Professor. Social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, shamanism, language, Yucatan Mexico, Maya culture.
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Rich Ivry, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, behavior, cognition, brain, attention, coordination, psychology, motor and perceptual processes in normal and neurologically impaired populations, temporal processing, executive control.
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Lucia F. Jacobs, Professor. Cognitive and brain evolution, adaptive patterns in spatial memory, spatial navigation, cognitive sex differences and decision making.
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John F. Kihlstrom, Professor. Personality, behavior, memory, psychology, cognition in personal, social contexts, unconscious mental processes, hypnosis, social cognition, experimental psychopathology, health cognition, unconscious mental life.
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Daniel Klein, Professor. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning.
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Robert Thomas Knight, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, language, physiology, memory, attention, psychology, working memory, neuropsychology, human prefrontal cortex, neural mechanisms of cognitive processing, sensory gating, sustained attention, ad novelty detection.
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Paul Li, Adjunct Professor.

Tania Lombrozo, Associate Professor.

Jitendra Malik, Professor. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Control, Intelligent Systems, and Robotics (CIR); Graphics (GR); Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Signal Processing (SP);.
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Sam A. Mchombo, Associate Professor. African languages, linguistics, political development, sports and politics, national identity, globalization.

Srini NarayananArtificial intelligence, cognitive science, socially relevant computing, web semantics, cognitive and neural computation, learning and control in complex systems.

Alva Noe, Professor. Cognitive science, phenomenology, consciousness, philosophy, theory of perception, theory of art, Wittgenstein, analytic philosophy origins.
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Bruno Olshausen, Professor. Visual perception, computational neuroscience, computational vision.
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Michael Andrew Ranney, Professor. Reasoning, learning, cognitive science and society.
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Terry Regier, Professor. Computational methods, language and thought, semantic universals.
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Richard Rhodes, Associate Professor. American Indian languages, lexical semantics, lexicography, Algonquian languages, Ojibwe, Mixe-Zoquean languages, mixed languages, Michif, Sayula Popoluca.
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Stuart Russell, Professor. Artificial intelligence, computational biology, algorithms, machine learning, real-time decision-making, probabilistic reasoning.
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Geoffrey B. Saxe, Professor. U.S., developmental psychology, interplay between culture and cognitive development, mathematical cognition in children, Papua New Guinea, urban and rural areas of Northeastern Brazil, elementary school classrooms, cognitive development, mathematics education.
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Alan H. Schoenfeld, Professor. Thinking, teaching, learning, productive learning environments, mathematics education, modeling the process of teaching, understanding how and why teachers do what they do.
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+ John R. Searle, Professor . Philosophy, problems of mind and language.
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Arthur P. Shimamura, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, behavior, cognition, brain, psychology, frontal lobe function, basic memory research.
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Mahesh Srinivasan, Assistant Professor.

Eve E. Sweetser, Professor. Subjectivity, syntax, semantics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics, Celtic languages, speech act theory, semantic change, grammaticalization, gesture, metaphor, iconicity, viewpoint, construction grammar, semantics of grammatical constructions.

David Whitney, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, cognition, attention, visual perception, vision, visually guided action.
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Fei Xu, Professor. Conceptual development, developmental psychology, cognitive development, language development, social cognition in infants and children, learning in infants and young children, statistical learning and statistical inference, psychology and philosophy, computational models of cognitive development.
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Lecturers

David E. Presti, Senior Lecturer SOE.

Emeritus Faculty

Andrea A. diSessa, Professor Emeritus. Physics and computation cognition.
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Susan M. Ervin-Tripp, Professor Emeritus. Sociolinguistics, psychologist, pragmatics, child language, bilingualism.
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Jerome A. Feldman, Professor Emeritus. Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biosystems & Computational Biology (BIO); Security (SEC); cognitive science.
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Charles Fillmore, Professor Emeritus.

Ervin R. Hafter, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Kay, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, pragmatics, syntax, semantics, lexicon, grammar, color naming, lexical semantics, grammatical variation, cross-language color naming, the encoding of contextual relations in rules of grammar.
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George P. Lakoff, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, literature, philosophy, cognitive linguistics, the neural theory of language, conceptual systems, conceptual metaphor, syntax-semantics-pragmatics, the application of cognitive linguistics to politics.
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John J. Ohala, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, experimental phonology, phonetics, historical phonology, ethological aspects of communication, speech technology, automatic recognition of speech, diverse behavioral phenomena.
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Stephen E. Palmer, Professor Emeritus. Psychology, visual perception, visual processing.
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Kaiping Peng, Professor Emeritus. Psychology, East Asian studies, social cultural sychology, reasoning and judgment across cultures and domains, inter-ethnic, racial relations, cross-cultural communication and understanding.
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William Prinzmetal, Adjunct Professor Emeritus. Behavior, cognition, brain, attention, psychology, visual perception.
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Lynn C. Robertson, Professor Emeritus. Cognitive neuroscience, attention, psychology, representations of objects and space, visual search, binding mechanisms, perceptual organization in normal and neurological populations, functional hemisphere asymmetries, spatial deficits.
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Eleanor Rosch, Professor Emeritus. Cognition, psychology, concepts, Eastern psychologies, psychologies of religion, cross cultural, causality.
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Dan I. Slobin, Professor Emeritus. Sociolinguistics, behavior, cognition, brain, psycholinguistics, psychology, language and cognitive development, sign language, cross-cultural.
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Lotfi A. Zadeh, Professor Emeritus. Artificial intelligence, linguistics, control theory, logic, fuzzy sets, decision analysis, expert systems neural networks, soft computing, computing with words, computational theory of perceptions and precisiated natural language.
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Contact Information

Cognitive Science Program

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Phone: 510-642-2628

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Program Director

Terry Regier, PhD

1221 Dwinelle Hall

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Student Academic Adviser

MacKenzie Moore, PhD

140 Stephens Hall

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Student Academic Adviser

Catherine Byrne, MA

140 Stephens Hall

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