Department of

Cognitive Science


Is artificial intelligence possible? What is the nature of the mind, and what kinds of things can think?

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Cognitive Science

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What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind and thought. We draw on the methods and materials of several other core disciplines including (but not limited to) psychology, philosophy, computer science, neuroscience, biology, and dynamical systems. We ask questions about how the mind works, what sorts of creatures could have minds, and what ethical and social implications follow from various possibilities. Cognitive scientists go on to do many different kinds of work: in industry, in non-profits, and graduate schooling in both cognitive science proper and many of the core disciplines like philosophy and psychology.

Why study Cognitive Science at Beloit?

We offer a number of unique courses at Beloit! See our schedule to discover a course that examines the nature of artificial intelligence from a humanistic and historical perspective, or one that looks closely at human/machine interfaces, questioning bodily boundaries and their implications for disability studies, ethics, and what it means to be human in the face of technological change.

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Can technology improve the quality of human lives in ways we haven’t yet considered? Learn with psychologist Marlene Fraune’13.

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Overview of the USFQ/Beloit English/Spanish COIL collaboration

International Friday: Collaborative Online Learning

During the first mod of the spring 2021 semester, Gabriela Cerghedean and Robin Zebrowski took up an invitation from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, to partner with a USFQ faculty member in teaching one of their courses. USFQ had shared a list of potential faculty partners and courses. Both leapt at the opportunity, in order to give students in SPAN 105, Elementary Spanish II, and COGS 260, Cyborg Brains & Hybrid Minds, a chance to learn with students located in another country.

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