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.

Current Updates

With an online fall semester at UC Berkely, we want you to know we are here to keep our students informed and feeling supported. 
  • Fall semester advising will be wholly online, with both major advisors and peer advisors. Please visit the advising page for instructions on how to make an appointment. 
  • The best ways to stay connected with your peers and the program are to join the Cog Sci Piazza and follow our Instagram @cogscicactus. These places are where important updates and information can be found.

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Department Highlights

Needed: Feedback on research/internship/volunteer experiences

January 8, 2021

Hello Golden Bears!

The Cognitive Science Program is looking to collect feedback from students, current and former, regarding their volunteer, research, and/or internship experiences as they relate to cognitive science. The purpose of this is to gain an understanding of where our students are when they're out in the field as well as to know which opportunities our students would enthusiastically endorse. 

Advising Closed Dec. 23rd-Jan. 4th

December 17, 2020

As you all wrap up finals, the advising staff would like you all to know that from December 23rd-Jan 4th the advisors will be out of the office. We will not be available for appointments and cannot promise that we will be checking our emails during this time. If you have something pressing that needs to be discussed, you still have the opportunity to schedule appointments on Dec. 21-22 (next Monday and Tuesday); otherwise you will have to wait until Jan. 5th for our appointments to open again. 

New Course for Computational Modeling Requirement Spring '21

November 4, 2020

CogSci 190, Section 2, entitled Rhythms of the Brain: Neuronal Communication and Networks can count as the Computational Modeling Requirement for Spring '21 Please make sure to read the course description as this course will require calculus and discrete math skills.