Courses - Fall 2021

COGST 1105 Introduction to Linguistics

Overview of the science of language, especially its theoretical underpinnings, methods, and major findings. Areas covered include: the relation between sound and meaning in human languages, social variation in language, language change over time, universals of language, and the mental representation of linguistic knowledge. Students are introduced to a wide variety of language phenomena, drawn not only from languages resembling English, but also from many that appear to be quite unlike English, such as those native to the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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COGST 1111 Making a Difference by Design

This course provides a broad overview of design applied various disciplines, scales, and problem contexts, and how design can offer an alternative, and often more human-centered perspective towards solving the problems around us. With a focus on designing with a human-centered mindset in this age of technology, we will examine topics on the role of design in wearable computing, virtual and tangible interfaces, robotics to biology. We will also apply the lens of design to issues on sustainability, healthy environments, diversity and inclusion, and designing for social good. Each week, through case studies and familiar examples, DEA 1110 explores how designing is part of every discipline.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (hk932)
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COGST 2230 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience

Introduction to psychology from a biological perspective, which focuses on brain mechanisms of behavior. Topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, physiological approaches to understanding behavior, hormones and behavior, biological bases of sensation and perception, learning and memory, cognition, emotion, and communication.

Distribution: (PBSS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tim Devoogd (tjd5)
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COGST 2310 Introduction to Deductive Logic

Covers sentential languages, the truth-functional connectives, and their logic; first-order languages, the quantifiers "every" and "some," and their logic.

Distribution: (MQR-AS, SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Theodore Korzukhin (tk283)
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COGST 3310 Deductive Logic

A mathematical study of the formal languages of standard first-order propositional and predicate logic, including their syntax, semantics, and deductive systems. The basic apparatus of model theory will be presented. Various formal results will be established, most importantly soundness and completeness.

Distribution: (MQR-AS, SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alexander Kocurek (awk78)
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COGST 3330 Problems in Semantics

In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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COGST 3801 Introduction to Game Theory and Strategic Thinking

Some knowledge of game-theory is essential in today's age of complex decision-making, diplomacy, and corporate strategizing. This course is an introduction to the basic principles of game theory and rational choice. The course is designed for students with an interest in economics, political strategy, moral philosophy, and algorithmic reasoning. Important ideas and concepts, with real-life illustrations, will be discussed. Over the semester students will learn the essential ideas of Nash, Schelling and others, different conceptualizations of equilibrium, such as the Nash equilibrium and subgame perfection, and how they apply to different contexts, such as competition among firms, war, and diplomacy. The course will help us understand everyday phenomena, such as addiction, procrastination and moral dilemmas, and show how reasoning can be a critical input for personal happiness. Students will be introduced to some unresolved paradoxes of rational behavior and encouraged to try to solve them on their own.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kaushik Basu (kb40)
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COGST 4150 Culture, Cognition, Humanities

Seminar on the essential features and qualities of culture and how it impacts human endeavors.  Because understanding culture necessarily requires interaction across multiple areas of study, this interdisciplinary seminar will be based on discussions of recent research at the interface of cognitive science and the humanities.  Topics may include: animal cultures, the evolution of language, the symbolic revolution, knowledge acquisitions, play, rituals and the arts. 

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ALC-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
Laurent Dubreuil (ld79)
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COGST 4250 Translational Research on Decision Making

Introductory laboratory-based course focusing on basic foundations in translational research on decision making across the lifespan. The course introduces students to hands-on applications of research skills in the context of research on decision making, spanning basic and applied research in law, medicine, behavioral economics, and policy. It focuses on such topics as human subjects protection, working with populations across the lifespan (e.g., children, seniors), database development, working with external partners and stakeholders (e.g., schools, hospitals), and basic concepts and techniques in decision research. Students participate in weekly laboratory meetings in small teams focused on specific projects as well as monthly meetings in which all teams participate. During laboratory meetings, students discuss ongoing research, plans for new studies, and interpretations of empirical findings from studies that are in progress or have been recently completed. New students work closely with experienced students and eventually work more independently. In order to fully grasp how the research projects fit into the broader field, students read relevant papers weekly and write reaction responses. Because several projects are ongoing at all times, students have the opportunity to be involved in more than one study and are assigned multiple tasks such as piloting research paradigms, subject recruitment, data collection, data analysis, and data entry. Students attend a weekly lab meeting for 1.5 hours per week, read pertinent papers, write reaction responses, and work 10.5 hours per week in the laboratory completing tasks that contribute to ongoing research studies.

Distribution: (SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Valerie Reyna (vr53)
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COGST 4265 Translational Research on Memory and Neuroscience

Laboratory-based course focusing on basic foundations in translational research on the neuroscience of human memory and memory development. Students attend a weekly lab meeting for 1.5 hours per week, read pertinent papers, write reaction responses, and work 10.5 hours per week in the laboratory completing tasks that contribute to ongoing research studies.

Distribution: (SDS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Charles Brainerd (cb299)
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COGST 4310 Topics in Cognitive Science

A seminar series examining current and classical ideas in human sciences and the humanities.  Themes vary from semester to semester.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shimon Edelman (se37)
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COGST 4625 Topics in Philosophy of Mind

Advanced discussion of a topic in Philosophy of Mind.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Rachana Kamtekar (rk579)
Shaun Nichols (sbn44)
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COGST 4700 Undergraduate Research in Cognitive Science

Experience in planning, conducting, and reporting independent laboratory, field, and/or library research in an interdisciplinary area relevant to Cognitive Science.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shimon Edelman (se37)
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COGST 4710 Cognitive Science Research Workshop

Provides a research workshop in which undergraduate students who are engaged in research in a particular area relevant to cognitive science can meet across disciplines to learn and practice the essentials of research using interdisciplinary approaches. In this workshop, students critique and discuss the existing literature in a field of inquiry, individual students present their research designs, methods, and results from their independent research studies, debate the interpretation of their research results, and participate in the generation of new research hypotheses and designs, in a peer group of other undergraduate students involved in related research.

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COGST 4740 Natural Language Processing

This course constitutes an introduction to natural language processing (NLP), the goal of which is to enable computers to use human languages as input, output, or both. NLP is at the heart of many of today's most exciting technological achievements, including machine translation, automatic conversational assistants and Internet search. Possible topics include methods for handling underlying linguistic phenomena (e.g., syntactic analysis, word sense disambiguation and discourse analysis) and vital emerging applications (e.g., machine translation, sentiment analysis, summarization and information extraction). 

Distribution: (SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Claire Cardie (ctc9)
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COGST 6020 Research in Risk and Rational Decision Making

This hands-on laboratory course will develop research skills in the context of risk and rational decision making in human development from multiple disciplinary perspectives and with respect to different kinds of decision-making under risk and uncertainty.  Topics will depend on student interests but may include decisions about war, terrorism, cancer control and prevention (e.g., screening tests), personal behaviors that involve risk (e.g., HIV prevention), and other public health risks (e.g., vaccinations), law enforcement (e.g., use of a weapon), and legal decision making (e.g., jury deliberations). Students will read the research literature, discuss the latest empirical findings and scientific theories of risk and rationality, and engage in group work and peer review to hone their skills.  Students will then design research projects and engage in research activities as well as read additional references tailored to their interests.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Valerie Reyna (vr53)
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COGST 6150 Culture, Cognition, Humanities
Academic Career: GR Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
Laurent Dubreuil (ld79)
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COGST 6333 Problems in Semantics

In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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COGST 6620 Topics in Philosophy of Mind

Advanced discussion of a topic in Philosophy of Mind.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Rachana Kamtekar (rk579)
Shaun Nichols (sbn44)
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