Approved Courses

Cognitive Science Current Approved Courses for Fall 2018  

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Cognitive Psychology

EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication
*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.

Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6) multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).

Instructor: Loncke

PSYC 2005-1:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods and statistical analysis in psychology.  This course, with a minimum grade of "C", is a prerequisite for declaring a major or minor in Psychology.
Instructor:  Smyth

 
PSYC 2100:  Introduction to Learning and Behavior
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  The course will examine historical and current theories that explain how different types of learning provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. We will cover these theories by carefully examining the most important research experiments that contributed to our current understanding of the principles and concepts that shape our behavior. The lecture content will focus heavily on experimental findings derived from research of learning processes in human and non-human species. The concept of Learning will be explored from the perspective of theories of Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and more recent theories of the organization of behavior derived from human studies.
Instructor:  Williams
 
PSYC 2300:  Introduction to Perception
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Study of selected topics in perception, particularly visual perception, and the role of stimulus variables, learning and motivation of perception.
Instructor:  Proffitt
 
PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II
Credits:  4  (Required lab)
Prerequisites:  PSYC 1010 or any 2000-level Psychology course and one of the following math courses with a grade of C- or higher: MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1212 (Applied Calculus I with Algebra), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II). Students with transfer credit or AP credit in one of these courses (e.g., AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC) are exempt from the requirement.
Enrollment restrictions:  Must have taken PSYC 3005
Description of course contents:  Introduction to research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis. Emphasis on descriptive statistics and non-experimental research methods. Use of computers for data analysis, experimentation, and report writing. This course is the first part of a two-part series (3005 and 3006).
Instructor:  Schmidt
 
PSYC 3485/LASE 3500: The Science and Lived Experience of Autism II
Credits: 6 (this is a year long course)
Prerequisites:
Enrollment Restrictions:  
Description: This year-long, interdisciplinary seminar will explore how well the science of autism captures the experience of those living with autism and their families. Students will critically evaluate research in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education, and they will work together with members of the autism community to identify new research questions that reflect the interests and concerns of the people who are most affected by autism science.
Instructor: Jaswal
 
PSYC 3559:  Animal Behavior
*Note:  PSYC 2210 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  How animals perceive their environment, find food, select mates, form social groups, communicate, and learn complex tasks. Theory and methods from comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and animal cognition.
Instructor:  Meliza 
 
PSYC 4250:  Brain Systems Involved in Memory
*Note:  PSYC 4250 may be used to fulfill either the Neuroscience or the Cognitive Psychology area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisite:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  The seminar examines historical and current experimental findings to understand how critical brain regions are coordinated to regulate our capacity to learn, remember and store new information. Scientific literature is reviewed to uncover how interactions between separate brain systems encode new experiences associated with emotional learning, spatial memory, decision making, and also represent the source of dysfunctions that lead to memory problems in Alzheimer’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Aging, etc.
 Instructor:  Williams
 
PSYC 4290:  Memory Distortions
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye witness testimony.  Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.
Instructor:  Dodson
 
PSYC 4559-1: Uniquely Human Social Cognition
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor and Cognitive Science majors. Cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course.
Description of course contents: One fundamental question in psychology is what makes humans such intensely social beings. In this course we will examine the evolutionary, developmental, and brain foundations that underpin our ultrasocial nature.
Instructor: Grossman
 
PSYC 4559-6/SYS 4581:  Using Mobile Technology in Mental Health Research
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:
Instructors:  Boukhechba
 
PSYC 5559-002: Research Methods - R in Psychology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:
Instructors:  TBA

Neuroscience

PSYC 3210:  Psychobiology Laboratory
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or 4200; PSYC 3005 recommended
Enrollment Restrictions:
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list. Do not email professor.
Description:  Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, aseptic surgical technique, lesions, behavioral analysis, and histology. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Four laboratory hours.
Instructor: Connelly
 
PSYC 3559:  Animal Minds
*Note:  PSYC 2210 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  How animals perceive their environment, find food, select mates, form social groups, communicate, and learn complex tasks. Theory and methods from comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and animal cognition.
Instructor:  Meliza 
 
PSYC 4200:  Neural Mechanisms of Behavior
* Note:  PSYC 4200 OR BIOL 3050 credits may count for the major, but not both.
Credits:  4
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 and Instructor Permission
Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology Majors /Minors, Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors
Description of course contents:  Lectures and discussions on molecular and cellular aspects of neural mechanisms as they relate to behavior. Topics will include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurotransmitters and receptors, neuropharmacology, cortical organization and function, plasticity and neurodegenerative diseases.   
Instructor:  Erisir
 
PSYC 4250:  Brain Systems Involved in Memory
*Note:  PSYC 4250 may be used to fulfill either the Neuroscience or the Cognitive Psychology area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisite:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  The seminar examines historical and current experimental findings to understand how critical brain regions are coordinated to regulate our capacity to learn, remember and store new information. Scientific literature is reviewed to uncover how interactions between separate brain systems encode new experiences associated with emotional learning, spatial memory, decision making, and also represent the source of dysfunctions that lead to memory problems in Alzheimer’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Aging, etc.
 Instructor:  Williams
 
PSYC 4559-2/BIOL 4559: Developmental Neurobiology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission Required
Enrollment Restrictions:   4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors;
Description of course contents:
Instructor: Liu
 
PSYC 5265:  Functional Neuroanatomy
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3170
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  An overview of the structure of the vertebrate nervous system with an emphasis on the mammalian brain.
Instructor:  Brunjes
 
PSYC 5401: Chemical Senses: Taste and Smell
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3050
Enrollment Restrictions: 4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents: Explores the neurobiology of the chemical senses by examining the biophysical basis of sensory transduction, the anatomical organization of two systems, and the physiological properties of peripheral and central structures along the gustatory and olfactory pathways. Emphasizes new, important findings in taste and smell.  Prerequisite: PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3050
Instructor: Hill
 
PSYC 5559-1: Neurobiology, Speech and Learning
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor and Cognitive Science majors or GSAS. Cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course.
Description of course contents: In this course, we will learn about mechanisms of speech and language by discussing a series of experimental animal models that exhibit constituents of language or speech, building towards behaviors that integrate multiple processes and culminating with a look at some of the data from human imaging studies
Instructor: Meliza
 
BIOL 3050:  Introduction to Neurobiology
* Note:  BIOL 3050 OR PSYC 4200 credits may count for the major, but not both.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 2010 and 2020 or BIOL 2100 and 2200
Description of course contents:  Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning.
Instructors:  Condron
 
BIOL 4015:  Neural Development Laboratory: From stem cells to neuronal circuitry
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 
Description of course contents:  Neural stem cells proliferate throughout development to generate the immense diversity of neuronal cell types present in our adult brains. What are the signals that drive neural stem cells to proliferate & what are the signals that terminate stem cell divisions once development is complete? Using Drosophila we will investigate these questions and address specifically the role of nutrition in regulating profileration of the stem cell population. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000, BIOL 3010
Instructor: Siegrist
 
BIOL 4270:  Animal Behavior Laboratory
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3250
Description of course contents:  Provides direct experience in approaches used to study animal behavior. Each lab concentrates on a particular aspect of behavior. Student experiments relate to central nervous systems; sensory perception; sign stimuli, feeding behavior; social behavior; reproductive behavior; biological timing; and animal observation in the laboratory and field.
Instructor:  Kawasaki
 
BIOL 4360: Cytokine Signaling and Neural Development
Credits:  1
Description of course contents:  This is a journal club format seminar where we perform an in depth analysis of the papers listed below. One paper will be covered per week with a review article also assigned for background. There are no presenters; rather we will have discussion leaders. All participants should be prepared to present any of the panels in the week's paper.
Instructor:  Deppmann
 
BIOL 4559/PSYC 4559-2: Developmental Neurobiology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission Required
Enrollment Restrictions:   4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors;
Description of course contents:
Instructor: Liu

Linguistics

ANTH 2400: Language and Culture
Description of course contents: A survey of topics having to do with the relationship between language, culture, and society. We will consider both how language is described and analyzed by linguists and how evidence from language can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. Topics include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, writing systems, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.
Instructor: Sicoli
 
ANTH 2430: Languages of the World
Description of course contents: This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Beer
 
ANTH 5440:  Morphology 
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  One Linguistics course (preferred) or Instructor Permission
Description of course contents:  This course provides an overview of recent morphological theory, focusing on recurring themes that have arisen as the subfield has sought to find its place within the generative paradigm. The issues we will cover fall mainly into two broad groupings: those that relate morphology to phonology (such as allomorphy and word formation) and those that relate it to syntax (e.g., inflection, distinguishing compounds from phrases). Throughout the course we will be mindful of whether there is such a thing as pure morphology, a core set of phenomena having to do with word structure which motivates a distinct component of grammar.
Instructor:  Dobrin
 
CLAS 3350:  Language and Literature of the Early Celts
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  
Description of course contents:  This introduction to the Celtic inhabitants of Gaul and the British Isles interweaves two approaches, one literary, one linguistic.  First, we will compare writings about the Celts found in Ancient Greek and Latin authors with readings of Celtic literature in translation.  Second, we will explore how the Celtic languages work, focusing on the basics of Old Irish, as well as touching on Middle Welsh and Gaulish. 
Instructor:  George
 
EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication
*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6) multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).
Instructor: Loncke
 
FREN 3030: Phonetics
Description of course contents: FREN 3030 is an introductory course in French phonetics. It provides basic concepts in articulatory phonetics and phonological theory, and offers students techniques for improving their own pronunciation. The course will cover the physical characteristics of individual French sounds; the relationship between these sounds and their written representation (orthography); the rules governing the pronunciation of "standard French"; the most salient phonological features of selected French varieties; phonetic differences between French and English sounds; and to some extent, ‘la musique du français’, i.e., prosodic phenomena (le rythme, l’accent, l’intonation, la syllabation). Practical exercises in 'ear-training' (the perception of sounds) and 'phonetic transcription' (using IPA) are also essential components of this dynamic course. Prerequisite: FREN 2020 (or equivalent). Course taught in French.
Instructor: Gladys Saunders
 
LING 3400: Structure of English
(obligatory 1 credit discussion)
Description of course contents: This course provides students with a foundation in the grammar of the English language. Topics include the phonology, morphology, syntax, with a focus on structural analysis. Students will gain confidence in discussing the form, function, and usage of linguistic structures.  Students will also have an opportunity to research topics related to structure for presentation.  Undergraduates will participate in group research projects, and graduate students will be expected to develop a conference-quality presentation.  Where possible, topics will also be related to the teaching and tutoring of English as a second language including interlanguage analysis and feedback. This course fulfills the structure requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students.
Instructor: Crabtree
 
LNGS 3250: Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis
(optional 1 credit discussion section)
Description of course contents: This course introduces students to language as a system and the theoretical underpinnings of the analytic procedures used by linguists. It proceeds from the assumption that the goal of language is to communicate (i.e., to convey meaning via messages), and investigates assumptions relating to the manner in which it accomplishes this goal. This course is required for all Linguistics majors and graduate students.
Instructor: Elson
 
RUSS 5030: Advanced Russian I
Description of course contents: This course aims to provide a thorough review and elaboration of the spelling and inflectional morphology of Contemporary Standard Russian. Its aim is to help students, including those who are native speakers, acquire and consolidate a level of proficiency in the structure of Russian suitable for ordinary scholarly and instructional purposes at American universities. Although its content will help students in their preparation for the MA and PhD Russian Language Proficiency Tests at the University of Virginia, such preparation is not the goal of the course.
Instructor: Elson
 
SPAN 3000: Spanish Phonetics
Description of course contents: Spanish Phonetics provides an introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussion focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized and represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish and English or Spanish and other (Romance and non-Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the student’s pronunciation. Prerequisites: SPAN 2020. Conducted in Spanish.
Instructor: Rini
 
SPAN 4530: Special Topics Seminar: Language: Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Languages
Description of course contents: How do people learn a second language (L2)? How are first language acquisition and second language acquisition different? Why are some learners more successful than others in learning a second language? How do we measure “success” in second language acquisition? How do we define “competence”? I invite you to join me in the exploration of these and other exciting questions. Together we will discover the processes and mechanisms that drive language acquisition by studying how three different areas – linguistics, psychology, and sociocultural perspectives – have contributed to the major theories and ideas informing the field of Second Language Acquisition. Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 and: SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200 or another course in Linguistics.
Instructor: Emily Scida

Philosophy

PHIL 2420: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Credits:  3
Description of course contents: A basic introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern formal logic. The aim of this course is to give the student a working knowledge of both sentential and quantifier logic. Students will learn how to translate claims and arguments from English into a formal system, and to test arguments for validity. 
Instructor:  Schwartz

PHIL 2500: Minds, Machines, and Persons
Credits:  3
Description of course contents: This course surveys foundational issues in the philosophy of cognitive science and mind. Part 1 addresses foundational questions about cognition. Is the mind a brain? A computer? Does the mind extend into the body and environment? What is a mental representation? Part 2 turns to the so-called “Hard Problem” of consciousness: can a physicalist theory of mind explain conscious experience? Part 3 concludes with the problem of personal identify over time. Once you were a kid, now you are an adult, and one day you'll grow old. What (if anything) makes you the same person throughout these stages of your life?
Instructor:  Irving

PHIL 3330: Philosophy of the Mind
Credits:  3
Description of course contents: What is the nature of the mind and why do we find its nature so puzzling? We shall critically examine various theories about the nature of the mind; we shall also discuss the nature of particular kinds of mental states and events, such as beliefs, desires, feelings, sensory experiences, and others.  We shall be especially concerned with the relations between the mind and the body, and, more generally, between the mental and the physical.  Most of the readings will be by contemporary philosophers. (This course satisfies the major concentration requirement in Metaphysics and Epistemology.)
Instructor:  Langsam

Computer Science

All Computer Science courses are acceptable except CS 1010 and CS 1020.  Note:  ECE 2066:  Science of Information will count for major credit but does not fulfill the CS area requirement.
 
The most common introductory-level Computer Science courses for Cognitive Science majors are:
CS 1110:  Introduction to Programming  
CS 2102:  Discrete Mathematics I 
 
IMPORTANT: You can find a list of dates when CS courses open up to Cognitive Science majors on the following document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r6q1_2A1sP9cTFlWsUAf8_zJnUfla6syaBenICYe7ac/edit

 

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