Cognitive Science Major
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence. It typically assumes that thinking is a material computational process, and includes fields such as computer science, educational and cognitive development, linguistics, neuroscience, neurobiology, philosophy, psychology, and certain areas of mathematics and evolutionary biology. Cognitive science is not a sum of each discipline's contribution, but an integrated appraoch to specific questions about the mind.
Cognitive science has arguably been the most important development in the study of human thinking in the past twenty years; its influence can be seen across a wide variety of disciplines, from logic to communication disorders. Cognitive science seeks to model and explain such phenomena as language, reasoning, and perception. The goal of cognitive science as a theoretical discipline is to determine those knowledge structures and processes that characterize organisms as biological information processing systems, as well as to explain how these organisms come to possess this knowledge. Applied cognitive science takes the results of this research to such diverse areas as language technology, cognitive approaches to education, human computer interaction, etc. The latter field addresses the most effective use of technology by and includes the study of user interfaces, virtual reality, technology-based education, intellgent agents, and computer-based assistive technology for persons with disabilities.
At the University of Delaware the discipline of linguistics plays an especially strong role in cognitive science. This is true because linguists have developed successful models of natural languages in central areas of cognition.
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