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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives

Cognitive & Brain Science

Mission Statement

Preparing undergraduate and graduate students to ask and answer scientific questions about the mental and brain based processes underlying cognition by introducing students to data, theories, and research methods from an interdisciplinary perspective including cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and neuroscience.

Upon completing an interdisciplinary major in Cognitive and Brain Science, students will be able to:

  1. Understand core cognitive and brain concepts and processes such as evidence, hypothetical constructs, operational definitions, and inferences.

  2. Critically examine theories and empirical findings in multiple subfields of cognitive science (cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, computational [computer] cognition, linguistics.)

  3. Compare, contrast, and synthesize empirical and theoretical perspectives related to the study of the mind using evidence-based reasoning.

  4. Read and critically evaluate original journal articles related to cognitive and brain science topics.

  5. Apply theoretical models of cognition to real life settings and skills (e.g., complex decision making by individuals and groups.)

  6. Become familiar with American Psychological Association (APA) ethics guidelines, including the process of submitting research proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC.)

  7. Initiate, design, implement, and analyze original empirical research studies on relevant cognitive and brain science issues.

  8. Gain an understanding of basic quantitative and analytic methods used for scientific investigation in psychology, including those related to probability, tests of frequency, correlation, t-tests, and analysis of variance (ANOVA.)

  9. Gain oral and visual communication skills for reporting empirical research findings.

  10. Develop writing, graphic, and verbal skills to communicate empirical data in an appropriate scientific format (typically APA format.)

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