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Cognitive Psychology

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 2150:  Introduction to Cognition
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor:  Willingham

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 2301:  Introduction to Perception Lab
Credits:  1
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Simultaneous enrollment in PSYC 2300
Description of course contents:  Lab to accompany the study of selected topics in perception, particularly visual perception, and the role of stimulus variables, learning and motivation of perception.
Instructor:  TBA

PSYC 3005-1:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
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:  None
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:  Morris

PSYC 3005-2:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
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:  None
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:  Smyth

 

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II
Credits:  4  (Required lab)
Prerequisite:  PSYC 3005 (with C or better)
Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  Second part of a two-part series. Emphasis on inferential statistics (t-tests and ANOVA) and issues in experimentation.
**Course May Meet Second Writing Requirement**
Instructor:  Smyth

 

PSYC 4315:  Psychology of Art
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the application of research and theories developed in the fields of perception, cognition, emotion, personality theory and social psychology to visual art, sculpture and film.
Instructor:  Kubovy

PSYC 4400-1:  Approaches to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Credits:  3
Prerequisite:  A course in calculus and knowledge of a programming language
Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  Many psychological theories nowadays are formulated mathmatically. In this course we will survey a variety of approaches to modeling in perception (such as signal detection theory), cognitive psychology (categorization learning) and social psychology.
Instructor:  Kubovy

PSYC 5160:  Emotion and Cognition
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  The cognition-emotion seminar covers the connection between thinking and feeling in two ways. The first part asks about the causes of emotion, and the second asks about the consequences of emotion. Part 1 concerns the nature and definition of emotion and the role of cognitive appraisals in their elicitation and intensity. Distinctions will be made among concepts such as affect, emotion, mood, and temperament. Part 2 concerns the consequences of emotion for cognition, experience, and behavior. Of interest will be such topics as the effects on judgment and decision-making, processing and performance, and memory and attention, and the role of culture.
Instructor:  Clore

PSYC 5260:  Brain Systems Involved in Learning and Memory
*Note:  PSYC 5260 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200  
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors, Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  Studies the major theories, findings, and conceptual issues important to an analysis of the neuronal mechanisms that underlie memory storage.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 5559-2:  Social Relationships:  Neuroscience, Evolution and Ecology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  This course will provide a broad overview of social relationships from the perspectives of human neuroscience, evolutionary theory and behavioral ecology. After a review of the core methodologies brought to bear on these questions, we will spend most of our time discussing readings. Students will also write a research proposal, to be turned in at the end of the semester.
Instructor:  Coan

EDHS 4300:  Psycholinguistics and Communication 
*Note:  PSYC 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.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
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. Topics include learnability, microgenesis of speech, bilingualism and variation, and a psycholinguistic approach to breakdowns (i.e., language pathology).
Instructor:  Loncke

EDLF 5500-3:  Neurobiological Perspectives on Learning and Instruction*Note:  EDLF 5500-3 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  
Description of course contents:  This seminar will introduce students to the basic principles and methods of educational neuroscience and related biological disciplines. Readings will cover topics such as stress hormones and classroom learning, neuromyths, genetic influences on the development of reading skills, and implications of evolutionary theory for understanding the importance of recess, the value of mixed-age school settings, and the benefits of cooperative learning.
Instructor:  Berch

 

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Neuroscience

PSYC 2200:  Neural Basis of Behavior
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  One approach to understanding human behavior is to consider ourselves from a biological perspective. This course attempts to do so by examining how the brain guides behavior. The first portion is an overview of the structure and function of the central nervous system. With this knowledge, we then examine how the brain controls a variety of higher behaviors, including learning and memory, sex, emotions and sleeping.
Instructor:  Hill

PSYC 4200:  Neural Mechanisms of Behavior
* Note:  PSYC 4200 OR BIOL 3170 credits may count for the major, but not both.
Credits:  4
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or 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 5260:  Brain Systems Involved in Learning and Memory
*Note:  PSYC 5260 may be used to fulfill either the Neuroscience or the Cognitive Psychology area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200  
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors, Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  Studies the major theories, findings, and conceptual issues important to an analysis of the neuronal mechanisms that underlie memory storage.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 5559-1:  Neurobiology of Speech and Language
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200, 3005, and a 3000-level PSYC or BIOL course
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors, Cognitive Science Majors, and Neuroscience Majors; GSAS
Description of course contents:  An overview of the neural systems underlying production and perception of vocal signals, with an emphasis on animal models and their application to human communication.  The course will also cover quantitative methods for analyzing and manipulating vocalizations.
Instructor:  Meliza

BIOL 3170:  Introduction to Neurobiology
* Note:  BIOL 3170 OR PSYC 4200 credits may count for the major, but not both.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020
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 4120:  When Good Cells Go Bad
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 and 3010
Description of course contents:  This course will cover topics related to major neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma) and Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST). Topics related to pathology and molecular mechanism of diseases, possible drug discovery targets, and therapeutic discovery approaches will be emphasized.
Instructor:  Kucenas

BIOL 4270:  Animal Behavior Laboratory
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3250 recommended
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 4340:  Experimental Foundations of Neurobiology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3170 or an equivalent course
Description of course contents:  The course content will focus on three areas of neurobiological research: conduction of the nervous impulse, sensory physiology, and synaptic physiology.
Instructor:  Mellon

EDLF 5500-3:  Neurobiological Perspectives on Learning and Instruction*Note:  EDLF 5500-3 may be used to fulfill either the Neuroscience or the Cognitive Psychology area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions:  
Description of course contents:  This seminar will introduce students to the basic principles and methods of educational neuroscience and related biological disciplines. Readings will cover topics such as stress hormones and classroom learning, neuromyths, genetic influences on the development of reading skills, and implications of evolutionary theory for understanding the importance of recess, the value of mixed-age school settings, and the benefits of cooperative learning.
Instructor:  Berch

 

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Linguistics

 

ANTH 2400:  Language and Culture
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:  This course will be 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.
Instructor:  Reynolds

ANTH 3480:  Language and Prehistory
Credits:  3  
Description of course contents:  There is almost always more than one way to think about any problem. But could speaking a particular language make some strategies and solutions seem more natural than others to individuals? The classic proposal of linguistic relativity as enunciated by Benjamin Lee Whorf is examined in the light of more recent cross-cultural and psycholinguistic research. We highlight the interplay between social intelligence, linguistic structure and general cognition. In the course of the discussion, we consider topics such as the significance of literacy for cognition and the development of language-specific cognitive preferences during childhood. Finally, we ask how our own culturally-particular ways of talking about language might reflect and reinforce some of the unexamined common-sense ideas about the nature of language which underlie most linguistic research.
Instructor:  Danziger

ANTH 3541:  African Languages
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:  This course is an introduction to the linguistic diversity of the African continent, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. For about three-fourths of the course we will discuss linguistic structures (sound systems, word-formation, and syntax) among a wide variety of languages; the classification of African languages; and the use of linguistic data to reconstruct prehistory. For the last fourth of the course we will address a range of sociolinguistic topics, including language and social identity, social functions of language, verbal art, the politics of language planning, and the rise of "mixed" languages among urban youth. While lectures address general and comparative topics, each student will choose one language to focus on, using published materials available in the library. This language will be the basis for the major assignments.
Instructor:  Contini-Morava 

ANTH 5420:  Theories of Language
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor permission
Description of course contents:  Survey of modern schools of linguistics, both American and European, discussing each approach in terms of historical and intellectual context, analytical goals, assumptions about the nature of language, and relation between theory and methodology.
Instructor:  Contini-Morava

ANTH 5480:  Literacy and Orality
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor permission
Description of course contents:  This course surveys ethnographic and linguistic literature on literacy, focusing on the social meanings of speaking vs. writing (and hearing vs. reading) as opposed communicative practices, looking especially at traditionally oral societies.  May meet second writing requirement.
Instructor:  Dobrin

CLAS 3559-2:  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:  PSYC 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.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
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. Topics include learnability, microgenesis of speech, bilingualism and variation, and a psycholinguistic approach to breakdowns (i.e., language pathology).
Instructor:  Loncke

FREN 3030:  Phonetics:  The Sounds of French
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  French 2020 or equivalent    
Description of course contents:  Reviews pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology for Undergraduates.
Instructor:  Saunders

LING 3400:  Structure of English
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:  This course provides students with a foundation in the grammar of the English language. Topics include phonology, morphology, and syntax, with a focus on structural analysis. Students will gain confidence in discussing the form, function, and usage of linguistic structures. These topics will also be related to the teaching and tutoring of English as a second language, including error correction and feedback.
Instructor:  Crabtree

LNGS 3250:  Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Methodology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:  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.
Instructor:  Elson

LNGS 3251:  Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Methodology Discussion
Credits:  1
Prerequisites:  Simultaneous enrollment in LNGS 3250
Description of course contents:  Discussion for the course which 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.
Instructor:  Stuart

RUSS 5030:  Advanced Russian Grammar:  Phonology and Morphology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions:  RUSS 2010 and 2020 and Instructor Permission
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

 

 

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Philosophy

 

PHIL 2420:  Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
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. The emphasis is on developing an ability to carry out proofs within these systems and on developing an ability to translate sentences of natural language into symbolic notation. The course will acquaint the student with the concepts of formula, proof, interpretation, and validity. Students will use logic software that will allow them to develop greater expertise with the material.
Instructor:  Cameron

PHIL 3330:  Philosophy of Mind
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
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 may satisfy the College’s Second Writing requirement.** Instructor:  Langsam

PHIL 4500-1:  Neuroethics
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission

Description of course contents:  Team taught by a philosopher (Prof. John Arras) and psychiatrist (Prof. Donna Chen), this course will explore some implications of neuroscience research and practice for ethics and society.  One broad category of topics will include the implications of advances in neuroscience (fMRI, psychopharmacology, etc.) for our self-understanding. A second category of topics will include the responsible uses of the powers generated by neuroscience. 
Instructor:  Arras and Chen

PHIL 5420:  Symbolic Logic (Advanced)
Credits:  3
Prerequisite:  PHIL 2420 or equivalent
Description of course contents:  Examines various results in metalogic, including completeness, compactness, and undecidability. Effective computability, theories of truth, and identity may also be covered
Instructor:  Cargile

 

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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 1120:  Introduction to Computing: Explorations in Language, Logic, and Machines  

CS 2102:  Discrete Mathematics I  


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