Explore the mind

UC Berkeley Cognitive Science Program

Welcome to UC Berkeley Cognitive Science

The main objective of the discipline of Cognitive Science is to provide a framework for bringing all the many disciplines that study the mind together into a cohesive whole. Students in our program draw on psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, neuroscience, and anthropology, among other fields, to illuminate how the human mind works, and why it works the way it does. Many influential ideas within cognitive science originated at Berkeley. The program draws on over forty affiliated faculty from a variety of departments, and is closely integrated with cognitive science research efforts across the campus.

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Department Highlights


December 2, 2019

We have recently learned that L&S has changed their practice regarding concurrent enrollment at both a community college and at UCB during the same Fall or Spring semester. 


The College will, from now on, ONLY approve a request to enroll at both a CC and UCB at the same time IF: 


Student formally requests approval before enrolling in CC course

Student can demonstrate that extraordinary circumstances prevent the student from taking said course at UCB

Student is NOT in their first or final term

New Cog Sci Affiliated Faculty

May 6, 2019

We have some amazing new Cog Sci Affiliated Faculty joining us this year! 

Check out our Cog Sci Affiliated Faculty page to get to know them! 

Dr. Linda Isaac will be teaching Cog Sci 1 this summer. 

Dr. Ben Pageler will be teaching Cog Sci 180 and Cog Sci 1 this summer and Cog Sci 1 in the fall.  

Dr. Elena Luchkina will be teaching Cog Sci 131 in the summer and fall.