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Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of intelligence in humans and machines. It encompasses work done in computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. Drawing on the concepts, theories, and methodologies of these disciplines, cognitive scientists seek an understanding of such mental phenomena as perception, language, learning, and reasoning in information-processing terms, and they aim to integrate this understanding with a neurophysiological account of how the human brain implements these information-processing phenomena. Cognitive Science also offers a science major program. The arts major program has a "Perception and Attention" stream, a "Language and Cognition" stream, and a "Thinking and Reasoning" stream; the science major has a "Computational Cognition" stream and a "Cognition and the Brain" stream.

 

Programs

  • Cognitive Science (major)

 

First-Year Courses

There are no specific first-year courses in Cognitive Science. However, there is a second-year course, COG 250Y1 – Introduction to Cognitive Science, that is open to first-year students.

 

Advice for First Year Bachelor of Arts Students

Students interested in pursuing a Cognitive Science major (Arts) should enroll in CSC 108H – Introduction to Computer Programming, LIN 100Y1 – Introduction to General Linguistics, and COG 250Y1.

 

Advice for First Year Bachelor of Science Students

Students interested in pursuing a Cognitive Science major (Science) should enroll in CSC 108H – Introduction to Computer Programming, CSC 148H1 – Introduction to Computer Science, MAT 137Y1 – Calculus!, and COG 250Y1 (latter may be taken as a co-requisite in second year). Students interested in the science major option are advised to consider also registering for a Computer Science specialist (for the "Computational Cognition" stream) or a Human Biology Neuroscience specialist or major (for the "Cognition and the Brain" stream).

 

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