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Cognitive Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Honours

Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind and its processes. What is especially exciting about cognitive science is its interdisciplinary cooperation involving psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists and others. 

Though researchers from each of these fields have long studied thought, emotion, perception, memory, language and other aspects of cognition, cognitive science allows them to take advantage of research in the other disciplines. Different methodologies, intellectual histories and disciplinary divisions often isolate those with similar goals. Cognitive science aims to bring researchers back together. By approaching questions from a variety of perspectives, the cognitive scientist has a greater chance of finding answers to questions about cognition. 

Cognitive science students may focus on several different areas (e.g. artificial intelligence, linguistic development, comparative cognition, philosophical psychology, human-computer interaction). The Cognitive Science program is housed in the Department of Philosophy and draws on the resources of several other programs, including Psychology, Linguistics and Computer Science.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand thought, perception and other mental processes
  • See human cognition from a variety of angles, from the purely scientific to the philosophical.
  • Learn about human interactions, emotional responses, and the links between thoughts and social behaviour.

Hands-on experiences

  • Learn from leading national and international researchers through the Cognitive Science Speaker Series and Cognitive Science Workshops
  • Write a senior thesis on a topic of your choice in COGS 4901 or do independent research in COGS 4750

The Cognitive Science program at York University provided me with an amazing and unique learning experience. I had the chance to take courses in a variety of fields that interested me such as psychology, linguistics and philosophy, and was able to later relate them to the study of the mind. The program allows for a lot of choice in courses, so students get to take classes that suit their interests. I am also thankful for the smaller class sizes, as they allow you to get to know your peers well. The abundance of knowledge I've gained has helped me succeed in pursuing further education.

— Genevieve Belzile
Alumna, Cognitive Science '14

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