Fall 2020

Cognitive Neuroscience

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-211  |  Psychology, as PSYC-211

Moodle site: Course


Michael A. Cohen (Section 01)


(Offered as PSYC 211 and NEUR 211) Historically, psychologists and neuroscientists have worked somewhat in parallel to one another. While psychologists have traditionally focused on how humans think, feel, and behave, neuroscientists have primarily focused exclusively on the workings of the brain. Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively new discipline that lies at the intersection of these fields and seeks to understand the neurobiological processes that underlie cognition. This course serves as a broad introduction to the field of cognitive neuroscience and will focus on a variety of questions, including the following: How does the brain obtain and process information about the environment via sight, taste, and touch? How does the brain support our capacity to learn and speak different languages? What happens to the brain when it is afflicted with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, amnesia, schizophrenia, and autism? This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of modern cognitive neuroscience and the ways in which researchers examine the relationship between the mind and the brain.

Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 36 students. Fall semesters. Professor Cohen. 

For FALL 2020, two discussion sections will be formed with one on campus and one online. 

If Overenrolled: Neuroscience and Psychology majors have preference by class year.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Fall 2020