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Introduction to Cognitive Science

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
1 year, 3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary research field, traditionally including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy and anthropology. In this course, we will discuss the origin of cognitive science, its history, main issues, methods and problems. What is the relation between different fields of cognitive science such as psychology and neuroscience? Why cognitive science needs philosophy? What is consciousness? How is brain related to cognition? We will study the main approaches to those questions in this course. Finally, we will discuss the contemporary state and prospects of cognitive science, as well as applications of cognitive science in real life and technology.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students into basic concepts of cognitive science, the basic methods of cognitive science and the main researches in the field of cognitive science.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know the subject and main concepts of cognitive science, its fields, connections with other disciplines, and how it bridges knowledge from multiple perspectives
  • Know basic contribution of disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence to cognitive science
  • Know the basic methods and researches in symbolic approach, modular approach, connectionism
  • Able to choose an adequate method of cognitive science, in accordance with the research task.
  • Knows the essence of the main methodological problems of cognitive science
  • Knows the main paradigms and studies of perception and attention
  • Knows the main paradigms and studies of learning and memory
  • Knows the main paradigms and studies of thinking and speech
  • Able to use knowledge and methods of cognitive science in applied research
  • Knows the main areas of development of cognitive science
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The basic concepts of cognitive science
  • History of cognitive science
  • Approaches in cognitive science: symbolic, modular, connectionism
  • Interdisciplinary research methods in cognitive science: eye tracking and brain study methods
  • Methodological problems of cognitive science: the problem of consciousness and the problem of the substrate of cognitive processes
  • Interdisciplinary studies of perception and attention
  • Interdisciplinary studies of learning and memory
  • Interdisciplinary studies of thinking and speech
  • Applied cognitive science
  • Development and prospects of cognitive science
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Multiple choice test on topics 1-10
    Экзамен проводится в письменной форме с использованием асинхронного прокторинга. Экзамен проводится на платформе LMS (прокторинг - https://hse.student.examus.net). К экзамену необходимо подключиться за 10 минут до начала. На платформе Экзамус доступно тестирование системы. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять следующим требованиям: (https://elearning.hse.ru/data/2020/05/07/1544135594/Технические%20требования%20к%20ПК%20студента.pdf) Для участия в экзамене студент обязан заранее зайти на платформу прокторинга, включить камеру и микрофон, авторизоваться с использованием имени и фамилии, провести тест системы, включить камеру и микрофон, подтвердить личность. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: общаться (в социальных сетях, с людьми в комнате), списывать. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи до 10 минут. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи 10 минут и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене.
  • non-blocking Test on topics 6-8
  • non-blocking In-class activity
  • non-blocking Test on topics 4-5
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * In-class activity + 0.4 * Multiple choice test on topics 1-10 + 0.2 * Test on topics 4-5 + 0.2 * Test on topics 6-8


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Adamo, S. H., Cain, M. S., & Mitroff, S. (2012). Self-induced attentional blink: A cause of errors in multiple-target visual search. Visual Cognition, 20(9), 1003–1007. https://doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2012.726448
  • Chaminade, T., Rosset, D., Da Fonseca, D., Nazarian, B., Lutcher, E., Cheng, G., & Deruelle, C. (2012). How do we think machines think? An fMRI study of alleged competition with an artificial intelligence. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.89F2C211
  • Cowan, N. (2008). What are the differences between long-term, short-term, and working memory? Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.7773D73D
  • Daniel J Simons, & Christopher F Chabris. (1999). Gorillas in our midst: sustained inattentional blindness for dynamic events. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8DCD4595
  • Edson Amaro Jr. A, & Gareth J. Barker A. (2005). Study design in fMRI: Basic principles. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.89C26522
  • McClure, S. M., Li, J., Tomlin, D., Cypert, K. S., Montague, L. M., & Montague, P. R. (2004). Neural Correlates of Behavioral Preference for Culturally Familiar Drinks. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E79E6101
  • Norman, D. A. (2013). The Design of Everyday Things : Revised and Expanded Edition (Vol. Revised and expanded edition). New York: Basic Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=658202
  • O’Craven, K. M., Downing, P. E., & Kanwisher, N. (1999). FMRI evidence for objects as the units of attentional selection. Nature, 401(6753), 584. https://doi.org/10.1038/44134
  • Robertson, E. M., Théoret, H., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2003). Studies in Cognition: The Problems Solved and Created by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(7), 948–960. https://doi.org/10.1162/089892903770007344
  • Thagard, P. (2009). Why Cognitive Science Needs Philosophy and Vice Versa. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1(2), 237–254. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1756-8765.2009.01016.x
  • Wiese, E., Wykowska, A., Zwickel, J., & Müller, H. J. (2012). I See What You Mean: How Attentional Selection Is Shaped by Ascribing Intentions to Others. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E271D704
  • Wojciulik, E., & Kanwisher, N. (1999). The Generality of Parietal Involvement in Visual Attention. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.EB693EAF

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Gomila, A., & Calvo, P. (2008). Handbook of Cognitive Science : An Embodied Approach (Vol. 1st ed). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=248785