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.

Department Highlights

Cognitive Science Upper Division Unit Limit Reduced to 26

October 30, 2018

We have received approval to reduce the required number of upper division units for the Cognitive Science major from 30 to 26. Therefore, students who opt to fulfill our Philosophy requirement with a lower division option, can do so (in most cases) without needing a fourth elective. This change applies to all current and future declared Cognitive Science majors. 

Paul Li named Lecturer Teaching Fellow 18-19!

September 18, 2018

Congratulations to Paul Li for being named a Lecturer Teaching Fellow for the 18-19 academic year. The program, administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, supports Fellows in generating dynamic tools and resources for enriching and/or innovating teaching practices on campus.

New Faculty Hired

July 17, 2018

Hooray! Two new Psychology hires have recently joined the faculty, and have permanent teaching commitments to teach Cognitive Science: Celeste Kidd and Steve Piantidosi. 

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