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Tentative Course Offerings

These are tentative schedules. Classes and/or instructors may change or be canceled. Please consult the official Schedule of Classes on TritonLink each quarter.

Featured Courses

Cogs 260: Seminar on Special Topics - Fall 2024

COGS ​2​60 (B00): Neuroimaging and brain disorders | Professor Deanna Greene

This course surveys current “hot topics” in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on brain disorders and neuroimaging. In the field cognitive neuroscience, there are often certain questions of interest or methods that become at the forefront of discussion and the direction of many labs. Some of these topics cause a splash, some are controversial, and some are critical for moving the field forward. Students will read the literature on these topics and gain an understanding of the many moving parts in this evolving field.

Class meet Thursday 9:00am-11:50am in CSB 272


COGS ​2​60 (C00): The Evolution of Language | Professor Chris Johnson

In this seminar we will read and discuss research and speculation on the evolution of language - in particular, on the transition from iconic, mimetic communication to symbolic speech. Inter-disciplinary readings will include foundational papers, and contemporary data and discourse, on evolutionary theory, hominin archeology (“bones & stones”), comparative neuroscience, the genetics of psychiatric and motoric brain disorders, as well as conversational ethnography, development, and cognitive linguistics. We will address these topics from a “Cognitive Ecology” perspective, which emphasizes embodied engagement with the social and physical environment. The goal is to focus on how “cognitive niche construction” provided both selective pressures, and potential adaptive pathways, for the hominin transition to speech.

Students will be expected to complete the assigned readings, attend a weekly meeting prepared to actively engage in discussion, and help facilitate select meetings. A short final paper, integrating class material with a relevant topic of interest, will be required.

Class meet Wednesday 1:00am-3:50am in CSB 272

Course Pre-Authorizations

All COGS course pre-authorizations and prerequisite override requests must be made through the UC San Diego Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).