9.012 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II

Spring 2002

Five images illustrating the main concepts of this course: face recognition, sentence tree, photographs of twins, Rodin's The Thinker, and human fMRI brain scan.
Image 1. Face recognition. (Image by Prof. Pawan Sinha.)
Image 2. Photographs of twins. (Image by Prof. Steven Pinker.)
Image 3. Sentence tree. (Image by Prof. Edward Gibson.)
Image 4. Rodin's The Thinker. (Image by Prof. Lera Boroditsky.)
Image 5. Midsaggital fMRI human brain scan. (Image courtesy of MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)

Course Highlights

Each module of this core course of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences graduate curriculum involves a series of overview lectures by leading researchers in the field. By offering a thorough introduction to the current state of the discipline while emphasizing critical thinking, the course aims to prepare students as cognitive scientists. A comprehensive reading list surveys the field of cognitive science and establishes a base of information that future researchers can call upon throughout their careers. The study questions help students focus on the important aspects of the topics covered in the class. An extensive list of links to related resources is also provided.

Course Description

Second half of intensive survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students. Topics include: perception, attention, working memory, recognition and recall, language, and other issues in cognitive science. Topics covered from neural, behavioral, and computational perspectives.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Nancy Kanwisher
Prof. Earl Miller

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
2 hours / session