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Spring Course: Blogging about Cognitive Science

This spring, Prof. Seana Coulson & grad student Rose Hendricks will lead a seminar on Cognitive Science blogging. (more)

Cooperrider, K., Marghetis, T., and Núñez, R. (2017). Where does the Ordered Line Come From? Evidence From a Culture of Papua New Guinea. Psychological Science.
Number lines, calendars, and measuring sticks all represent order along some dimension (e.g., magnitude) as position on a line. In high-literacy, industrialized societies, this principle of spatial organization—linear order—is a fixture of visual culture and everyday cognition. But what are the principle’s origins, and how did it become such a fixture? Three studies investigated intuitions about linear order in the Yupno, members of a culture of Papua New Guinea that lacks conventional representations involving ordered lines, and in U.S. undergraduates. Presented with cards representing differing sizes and numerosities, both groups arranged them using linear order or sometimes spatial grouping, a competing principle. But whereas the U.S. participants produced ordered lines in all tasks, strongly favoring a left-to-right format, the Yupno produced them less consistently, and with variable orientations. Conventional linear representations are thus not necessary to spark the intuition of linear order—which may have other experiential sources—but they nonetheless regiment when and how the principle is used.

Featured Classes
Spring 2017:
  • COGS118C: Neural Signal Processing
  • COGS160: Advanced Interaction Design
    This is a studio class for students who are passionate about diving deep into interaction design and honing their design skills. Introduces social computing, input & interaction techniques, and information design. Students will regularly present work in a studio format. Pre-req: (CSE 8B or CSE 11) and (Cogs 120 or CSE 170).
  • COGS160: Communication in Infancy
    A mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. This is a 3 quarter sequence: content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Contact Dr. Deak [] directly for permission to enroll in this course.
  • COGS160: Brain Waves
    This course will provide an introduction to rhythms and large-scale electrical potentials of the brain. Topics will include the resonance properties of neurons, rhythmic interactions between neurons, and the coordination of activity across large populations of neurons that is measurable in the local field potential (LFP) and electroencephalogram (EEG). In addition, this course will discuss the advantages of temporally coordinated neural activity, and the insights that can be gained about the brain and cognitive disorders from studying this coordination. Pre-req: Cogs 17 or Cogs 107A.
  • COGS178: Genes, Brains & Behavior
    Evidence for genetic mediation of behavioral and neural differences, mechanisms that may mediate these effects, and the roles of the environment and experience are discussed. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 107A and 107B or consent of instructor.
  • COGS180: Neural Coding/Sensory Systems
    This course covers recent advances in the understanding of common neural mechanisms and computational principles underlying the brain’s ability to process multiple sources of sensory information—vision, audition, olfaction, touch, and equilibrioception—and translate them into actions. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1, Cognitive Science 14B, Cognitive Science 101A, and Cognitive Science 109.

Research Opportunities (199s)
  • How children reason about the social world?
    Want to work with Dr. Adena Schachner’s Mind and Development Lab on studies exploring how children reason about the social world? We would like to invite motivated students to join our lab as research assistants for Winter Quarter 2017 and beyond (minimum 3 quarter commitment). We are currently running studies ...
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PhD Candidate Rose Hendricks Op-Ed: Communicating Climate Change

In this op-ed, our very own Cognitive Science Ph.D. student Rose Hendricks explains how the way we talk about climate change affects what people think about it.

UCSD Summer Research Program with Design Lab and Contextual Robotics Institute

The UCSD Design Lab and Contextual Robotics Institute are looking for undergraduates to join us in San Diego in Summer 2017 to conduct novel research at the intersection of design, cognitive science, robotics, and computer science.

2017 UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

Our conference provides community-college, university, post-bac students and pre-health advisors with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the health-professions school admission process. It provides a unique opportunity for direct contact with deans of admission, admission officers, financial aid officers, faculty, and staff from a wide variety of health professional programs. This year, we will host 4,500 attendees.

COGS 87: Blogging Cognitive Science

Join us this spring to learn about CogSci blogging!

Sign up for Cogs 87 C00 Sp17

Wednesday 2pm-2:50pm in York 4050A

Section ID #901289, Dr. Seana Coulson

Any questions can be directed to Rose Hendricks [].

CSSA Cognitive Science Conference 2017

This year on Sunday, April 9th, the Cognitive Science Student Association will be hosting its Annual Cognitive Science Conference at PC Ballroom East starting from 10am.  The theme is Cognition@Work and will highlight the inner mechanisms of the brain along with the practical applications of Cognitive Science in the workplace.  Our Keynote speaker is our very own Don Norman!  Guest Speaker is Nate Bolt of ethnio!

EDS 198: Teaching Computational Thinking for Everyone

Teaching Computational Thinking for Everyone

EDS 198 (Directed Group Study) - Dr. Beth Simon

T/Th 12:30-1:50 - Spring 2017


Do you believe that computation and computing is critical for everyone in the 21st century?  Do you want to help others learn, not only how to program, but how to think logically, debug technical situations, and create video games in a simple programming language?  If so, this class is for you!

UC Executive Order-Immigration Resource

The University of California has a released a website with information on immigration and resources relevant to the Executive Order.

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