|The Cognitive Studies degree program offers an
integrative approach to the study of cognitive processing. The program draws from the
fields of Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, Art, Philosophy, Psychology,
Biology, and Physics. Cognitive Studies emphasizes strategies for investigating how real
and artificial brains process images and language, form concepts, and solve problems.
Though several discipline based courses provide important background knowledge and serve
as points of departure for cognitive explorations, the degree program features integrative
courses at the introductory and advanced levels.
Central themes in the courses include the relationship between consciousness and cognitive
processes, the emergence of adaptive pattern-recognition schemes, non-linear methods for
modeling complex systems, the use of language, symbols, and images for representing and
manipulating knowledge, memory and decision processes, the relation of thought to action,
and the latest advances in machine intelligence. Adequate investigation of these phenomena
requires a synthesis of methods and considerable exposure to important new technological
capacities. Thus, in addition to the broad-based conceptual analysis of intelligent
systems, students will be trained in a diversity of electronic media, including
telecommunications networks, artificial sensory and motor systems, data base management,
and problems associated with human/machine interfaces.
Students completing this program should expect to gain an appreciation for the general way
in which empirical evidence, simulation, and conceptual analysis work together to enrich
our understanding of the cognitive processes underlying intelligence and the ability to
solve complex problems. The graduate in Cognitive Studies will have preparation for work
in fields utilizing the modern information technologies, or for advanced studies in
cognitive science and graduate programs concerned with cognitive development and