Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind and its processes. What is especially exciting about cognitive science is its nature of interdisciplinary cooperation, involving psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists, anthropologists, biologists, and linguists.
Though researchers from each of these fields have long been studying the nature of thought, emotion, perception, memory, language, and other aspects of cognition, cognitive science allows them to take advantage of the strengths and research in other disciplines. Different methodologies, intellectual histories and disciplinary divisions often isolate those with similar goals, and 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.
Students in Cognitive Science may focus on a number of different areas (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Linguistic Development, Comparative Cognition, Philosophical Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction) and must arrange their program of study in consultation with the Program Coordinator or an advisor in the program. The program in Cognitive Science is housed in the Department of Philosophy and draws on the resources of several other programs, including Psychology, Linguistics, and Computer Science.