What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive Science is the scientific study of the structure, acquisition, and use of knowledge.

  • Cognitive Psychology  is concerned with human information processing faculties;

  • Computer Science deals with the modeling or automation of intelligent functions on digital hardware;

  • Linguistics, is concerned with the particular cognitive faculty of language;

  • Neuroscience seeks to explain anatomical and physiological correlates, and biological constraints for information processing functions;

  • Philosophy looks at the way our current conceptions of knowledge relate to long-held ideas about its form and origins

At UVA, Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences that requires thirty hours (ten courses) taken at UVA to complete. The Cognitive Science major at UVA enables you to gain basic knowledge in five areas, while allowing you to dig deeper in your concentration and through your elective course selections.  

Want to know more about the student experience in COGS approved classes? Click here to find out what our majors learned and their experiences in PSYC 4500-002 Neurodegeenerative Experience in Spring 2021 taught by Dr. Erin Clabough

Forget People's Names? Find out here how linking meaning to someones name is good for your memory

UVA Philosophy Professor Zachary research reveals mind-wandering can provide us with new ideas and insights. Here is the link to an article from Forbes


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