That Sounds Awesome! What Did You Say Cognitive Science Meant Again?

Contributor: Joseph D. Fridman Undergraduate College Scholar, Cognitive Science major  Starting to explain, I’d open my palm and excitedly tick off the five concentration areas I’d found on the Johns Hopkins University website: “Neuroscience, linguistics, psychology, computer science, and philosophy.” I was 13, pimply, and intensely overjoyed at the prospect of spending three weeks in upstate New York, taking a summer course in cognitive psychology through JHU’s Center of Talented Youth, dubbed “nerd camp” by its participants. Psychological phenomena had always fascinated me: my mind boggled at the thought that somehow the life of the mind could sprout from the same rich soil evolution had tilled to produce amoeba, antelopes, or the flora of the Amazon, but that summer gave me the chance to live my dream of engaging that…
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Cognitive Science & Me

Contributor: Ethan Jost PhD Student in Psychology  One of my favorite things about cognitive science is the relatively broad meaning of the term. My peers and I study everything from syntax to neurons, all in the pursuit of understanding how the brain functions. Ryu (who was kind enough to ask me to contribute to this blog) and I study pretty different things, he, social learning and I, language, yet we find ourselves participating in meaningful discussions about our methods, findings, and inspirations in the catacombs of Uris Hall. Such is the beauty of cognitive science! Now that I have professed my affection for this field of which I am a part, let me tell you a bit more about myself and what I do. Perhaps this description will offer you…
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Cognitive Science and Social Systems

Contributor: Ryutaro Uchiyama PhD Student in Psychology  As the website for our Cognitive Science program is relaunched this week, one of its new features will be this blog, which will consist mainly of content contributed by graduate students. I am privileged to write the first entry, and will start out by promoting a student organization that has recently become active on the Cornell Ithaca campus. It’s an interdisciplinary journal club that focuses on the study of emergent collective behavior: http://collectivebehavior.weebly.com/ I won't go into details about the club or its subject matter here because this information is available on the website, and will instead try to make a case for why research on self-organizing social systems has something to offer for cognitive science at large. Thanks to the writer for…
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