Topics in Cognitive Science

Course Description: 

Core Course

This course will review some key topics in cognitive science with a focus on the themes that are being developed in the department.


Goal of the course

Students will be presented with up to date research on key theoretical issues in cognitive science. The course should provide the background knowledge in cognitive psychology for better  understanding the research of members of the department (PhD students, postdocs and faculty) and invited colloquium speakers. It should also help first year PhD student formulating and situating the theoretical questions they want to address in their PhD.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcome

Students will get acquainted with concepts and theories about the representational theory of mind, perception, learning, memory, embodied cognition, rationality, mind-reading, the evolution of human cognition, communication, the psychological bases of cultural diversity, and morality.


for Grade


  • Students must read the core reading before the seminars. Students are expected to contribute to class discussion and should have ready, each week, at least one question based on the texts and that could be fruitfully addressed during class discussion.
  • Students will have to write one short essay about their research project, specifying an empirical question, and how it relates to current cognitive theories and recent results.
  • Students will have to write short answers to questions about the content of the course.