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  • Cognitive Neuroscience Cognitive neuroscience is the study of higher cognitive functions in humans and its underlying neural bases. By definition, it is an integrative area of study drawing principally from cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. There are two broad directions which can be taken in this concentrationone is behavioral/experimental and the other is computational/modeling. In either case, the goal is to understand the nature of cognition from a neural perspective.

    Concentration Advisor: Sheila Blumstein (, 3-2849).

    Standard program for the ScB degree

    Concentration Courses

    A total of 16 courses are required for the concentration. Each student is required to pass 9 courses designed to introduce students to the foundations (5), systems level and integrative aspects (4) which uniquely define cognitive neuroscience; two laboratory courses; four elective courses; and either a senior seminar course CLPS 1900 (COGS 1950) or an independent research course. The laboratory and elective courses should fit within a particular theme or category such as general cognition, vision, language, or computational/modeling. The design of the concentration and selection of courses should be made in consultation with the faculty advisor.


    BIOL 0200, The Foundation of Living Systems CLPS 0200 (COGS 0420), Human Cognition CLPS 0900 (COGS/PSYC 0090), Quantitative Methods in Psychology, APMA

    1650, Statistical Inference, or CLPS 2906 (PSYC 2060), Experimental Design MATH 0090, Introductory Calculus (or the equivalent) NEUR 0010, Introduction to Neuroscience

    Note: Students wishing to pursue a computational/modeling track are encouraged to take APMA 1650.

    Systems Level and Integrative Courses:

    CLPS 0040 (COGS 0720) Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience CLPS 0400 (PSYC 0470), Brain Damage and the Mind CLPS 1291 (COGS 1280), Computational Cognitive Science or APMA 0410

    Mathematic Methods in the Brain Sciences NEUR 1030, Neural Systems

  • Laboratory Courses

    Students must choose two laboratory courses. Please note that due to enrollment limits in some lab courses, priority may be given to concentrators in that department. Students should therefore be prepared to choose from the other laboratory options.

    CLPS 1090 (PSYC 1090), Research Methods in Psychology CLPS 1190 (PSYC 1030), Techniques in Physiological Psychology CLPS 1192 (PSYC 1200), Animal Learning and Behavior Laboratory CLPS 1290 (COGS 1530), Laboratory in Cognitive Processes CLPS 1490 (PSYC 1840), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Theory and

    Practice CLPS 1491 (COGS 1020), Neural Modeling Laboratory CLPS 1492 (COGS 1460), Laboratory in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience CLPS 1510 (PSYC 1190), Human Sensory Processing CLPS 1690 (COGS 1610), Laboratory in Cognitive Development CLPS 1791 (PSYC 1540), Laboratory in Social Cognition CLPS 1890 (COGS 1450), Research in Psycholinguistics CLPS 1891 (COGS 1240), Research Methods in Physiologic and Acoustic

    Phonetics CLPS 1970 (COGS 1970; PSYC 1990); NEUR 1970; Independent Study (may be

    used for only one laboratory) NEUR 1600, Experimental Neurobiology NEUR 1650, Structure of the Nervous System NEUR 1670, Neuropharmacology and Synaptic Transmission NEUR 1680, Computational Neuroscience


    Four additional courses around a particular theme. Normally only one elective course that is below the 1000-level may count towards the elective courses required. An appropriate (but additional) laboratory course may be used in lieu of one of the four elective courses.

    Primarily behavioral/experimental:

    BIOL 0450, Animal Behavior CLPS 0040 (COGS 0720), Mind and Brain: Introduction to Cognitive

    Neuroscience CLPS 0210 (COGS 0480), Human Thinking and Problem Solving CLPS 0220 (COGS 0500), Making Decisions CLPS 0410 (PSYC 0750), Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience CLPS 0500 (PSYC 0440), Perception and Mind CLPS 0500 (COGS/PSYC 0440), Perception and Mind CLPS 0600 (PSYC 0810), Child Development

  • CLPS 0610 (COGS 0630), Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development

    CLPS 0640, (PSYC 0940), Developmental Psychopathology CLPS 0800 (COGS 0450), Language and the Mind CLPS 0810 (COGS 0320), Biology and Evolution of Language CLPS 1100 (PSYC 1800), Animal Cognition CLPS 1130 (PSYC 1790), Psychology of Timing CLPS 1140 (PSYC 1020), Psychophysiology of Sleep and Dreams CLPS 1180B (PSYC 1750A), Biology of Communication CLPS 1200 (COGS 1520), Thinking CLPS 1210 (COGS 15600, Human Memory and Learning CLPS 1220 (COGS 1870), Concepts and Categories CLPS 1240 (COGS 1880), Reasoning and Problem Solving CLPS 1241 (COGS 1860C), Causal Reasoning CLPS 1320 (COGS 1230), Production, Perception and Analysis of Speech CLPS 1500 (COGS 1380), Ecological Approach to Perception and Action CLPS 1520 (COGS 1200), Computational Vision CLPS 1530 (COGS 1860B), 3D Shape Perception CLPS 1590 (COGS 1440), Visualizing Vision CLPS 1610 (COGS 1180), Cognitive Development CLPS 1611 (COGS 1620), Cognitive Development CLPS 1620 (COGS 1190), Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience CLPS 1650 (COGS 1430), Child Language Acquisition CLPS 1800 (COGS 1410), Language Processing CLPS 1810 (COGS 1420), Syntactic Theory and Syntactic Processing CLPS 1820 (COGS 1480), Language and the Brain CLPS 1821 (COGS 1840B), Neuroimaging and Language CLPS 1822 (COGS 1500), Subcortical Bases of Language and Thought COGS 1050, Music and Mind (MUSC 1310), course no longer offered COGS 1470, Language Learning Disorders, course no longer offered COGS 1540, The Evolution of Perceptual Systems, course no longer offered COGS 1740, Topics in Language Acquisition, course no longer offered COGS 1780, Psychological Acoustics, course no longer offered COGS 1940, The Cognitive and Neural Basis of Higher-level Vision, course no

    longer offered NEUR 0650, Biology of Hearing NEUR 0660, Biology of Vision NEUR 1680, Computational Neuroscience NEUR 1710, Neuroimaging NEUR 1930A, Cognitive Neuroscience: Motor Learning NEUR 1930B, From Neurophysiology to Perception NEUR 1930F, Brain Interfaces for Humans NEUR 1940A, Cognitive Neuroscience PSYC 1400, Human Memory, course no longer offered PSYC 1780, Psychological Acoustics, course no longer offered PSYC 1810, Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience, course no longer offered

  • Primarily Computational/Modeling:

    Students are advised to take APMA 0330 (Methods of Applied Analysis I) and APMA 0340 (Methods of Applied Analysis II) as their two supporting science courses. Note that MATH 0100 is a prerequisite for these courses. See CLPS listings (above) for other computational/modeling courses.

    APMA 1360, Topics in Chaotic Dynamics COGS 1360, Introduction to Computational Linguistics, course no longer offered CSCI 1410, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSCI 1430, Introduction to Computer Vision CSCI 1480, Building Intelligent Robots CSCI 1950A, Computational Modeling and Algorithmic Thinking ENGN 1220, Neuroengineering ENGN 1610, Image Understanding NEUR 1680, Computational Neuroscience


    Students who would like to pursue a degree with honors are normally expected to have half of their grades as A (or equivalent) within the concentration and are required to satisfactorily complete a written thesis and an oral presentation.

    Page last updated in February, 2010.

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    Cognitive NeuroscienceConcentration Advisor: Sheila Blumstein (, 3-2849).Standard program for the ScB degreeConcentration CoursesFoundations:Systems Level and Integrative Courses:Laboratory CoursesElectives Primarily behavioral/experimental: Primarily Computational/Modeling:Honors


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