Cognition Curriculum Requirements

There are three elements in the graduate curriculum of the Cognition Program:

1. Departmental Curriculum. Students must complete the departmental common graduate curriculum.

2. Basic courses. Three basic courses: the following list includes possible courses, including those that are not offered every year. The purpose of this requirement is to develop a deeper understanding of the theories and methods used to scientifically study cognition, and how these approaches are central to many areas of psychological inquiry. Pre-approved courses are:

PSYC 31200 Systems Neuroscience (Hale and Freedman) 
PSYC 32414 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 35700 Psychology of Spoken Language (Nusbaum) 
PSYC 37400 Human Memory (Gallo) 
PSYC 38655 Environmental Neuroscience (Berman, London) 
PSYC 40107 Behavioral Neurosciences (Margoliash) 
PSYC 41000 Advanced Topics in Color Vision (Shevell) 
PSYC 41400 Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology (Gallo) 
PSYC 42500 Attention (Nusbaum) 
PSYC 43200 Language Development (Goldin-Meadow) 
PSYC 43600 Processes of Judgment and Decision Making (Goldstein)
PSYC 43650 The Development of Social Cognition (Shaw)

Students may also propose other courses, based on course offerings in a given year. Such student-proposed courses should be approved by the cognition area chair prior to taking them.

3. Advanced courses and seminars. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in advanced courses and seminars, particularly in their area of interest.