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Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT

The human brain is the most complex, sophisticated, and powerful information-processing device known. To study its complexities, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology combines the experimental technologies of neurobiology, neuroscience, and psychology, with the theoretical power that comes from the fields of computational neuroscience and cognitive science.

The Department was founded by Hans-Lukas Teuber in 1964 as a Department of Psychology, with the then-radical vision that the study of brain and mind are inseparable. Today, at a time of increasing specialization and fragmentation, our goal remains to understand cognition- its processes, and its mechanisms at the level of molecules, neurons, networks of neurons, and cognitive modules. We are unique among neuroscience and cognitive science departments in our breadth, and in the scope of our ambition. We span a very large range of inquiry into the brain and mind, and our work bridges many different levels of analysis including molecular, cellular, systems, computational and cognitive approaches.

Since the field of brain and cognitive sciences is relatively young and extremely dynamic, there is no single text that encompasses the subject matter covered in most of the classes offered by the department. To educate and train future scientists, readings are from primary journal articles or research papers. This approach provides broad coverage, as well as the depth needed, so that students are exposed to cutting-edge knowledge in the various specialties of neuroscience and cognitive science. Browsing the course materials in MIT OpenCourseWare, the jewels are revealed in the detailed reading lists that provide a window on the current thinking in each subject.

Central to our mission is the training of graduate students in the brain and cognitive sciences, and the education of undergraduate students. Our graduate students benefit from the comprehensiveness of our program as well as by conducting research with individual faculty members who are on the cutting edge of their fields. The Department recently expanded its undergraduate program to include both neuroscience and cognitive science and our major is now one of the fastest growing in the institute.

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MIT Course #Course Title
9.22J A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain, Fall 2006 NEW
9.56J Abnormal Language, Fall 2004
9.201 Advanced Animal Behavior, Spring 2000
9.68 Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Feelings, Spring 2005
9.51 Affective Priming at Short and Extremely Short Exposures, Spring 2003
9.20 Animal Behavior, Fall 2005
9.15 Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission, Fall 2003
9.150 Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission, Fall 2003
9.02 Brain Laboratory, Spring 2002
9.044J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech, Fall 2005
9.14 Brain Structure and its Origins, Spring 2005
9.530 Cellular and Molecular Computation, Spring 2000
9.013J Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences III, Spring 2003
9.09J Cellular Neurobiology, Spring 2005
9.16 Cellular Neurophysiology, Spring 2002
9.19J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics, Spring 2001
9.10 Cognitive Neuroscience, Spring 2004
9.100 Cognitive Neuroscience, Spring 2004
9.93 Cognitive Neuroscience of Remembering: Creating and Controlling Memory, January (IAP) 2002
9.65 Cognitive Processes, Spring 2004
9.52-C Computational Cognitive Science, Spring 2003
9.66J Computational Cognitive Science, Fall 2004
9.660J Computational Cognitive Science, Fall 2004
9.18 Developmental Neurobiology, Spring 2005
9.181J Developmental Neurobiology, Spring 2005
9.250 Evolutionary Psychology, Spring 1999
9.96 Experimental Methods of Adjustable Tetrode Array Neurophysiology, January (IAP) 2001
9.12 Experimental Molecular Neurobiology, Fall 2006 NEW
9.69 Foundations of Cognition, Spring 2003
9.74 Foundations of Human Memory and Learning, Spring 2002
9.71 Functional MRI of High-Level Vision, Fall 2004
9.322J Genetic Neurobiology, Fall 2005
9.081 Human Memory and Learning, Fall 2002
9.85 Infant and Early Childhood Cognition, Fall 2005
9.913-A Intensive Neuroanatomy, January (IAP) 2002
9.29J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, Spring 2004
9.912J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, Spring 2004
9.641J Introduction to Neural Networks, Spring 2005
9.97 Introduction to Neuroanatomy, January (IAP) 2003
9.01 Introduction to Neuroscience, Fall 2004
9.00 Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2004
9.00P Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2001
9.52-A Investigating the Neural Substrates of Remote Memory using fMRI, Spring 2003
9.63 Laboratory in Cognitive Science, Fall 2005
9.63 Laboratory in Cognitive Science, Fall 2002
9.57J Language Acquisition, Fall 2001
9.601J Language Acquisition I, Spring 2002
9.98 Language and Mind, January (IAP) 2003
9.402 Language and Thought, Fall 2002
9.591J Language Processing, Fall 2004
9.93 Marathon Moral Reasoning Laboratory, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
9.916 Modularity, Domain-specificity, and the Organization of Knowledge, Fall 2001
9.611J Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge, Spring 2003
9.520-A Networks for Learning: Regression and Classification, Spring 2001
9.03 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory, Fall 2003
9.031 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory, Fall 2003
9.05 Neural Basis of Movement, Spring 2003
9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audtion, Fall 2004
9.301J Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development, Spring 2002
9.110J Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of Aging, Spring 2005
9.01 Neuroscience and Behavior, Fall 2003
9.713J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine, Fall 2005
9.67 Object and Face Recognition, Spring 2001
9.458 Parkinson's Disease Workshop, Summer 2006
9.913 Pattern Recognition for Machine Vision, Fall 2004
9.916-A Probability and Causality in Human Cognition, Spring 2003
9.59J Psycholinguistics, Spring 2005
9.75J Psychology of Gender, Spring 2003
9.911 Reasonable Conduct in Science, January (IAP) 2002
9.95-A Research Topics in Neuroscience, January (IAP) 2003
9.459 Scene Understanding Symposium, Spring 2006
9.35 Sensation and Perception, Spring 2004
9.70 Social Psychology, Spring 2005
9.373 Somatosensory and Motor Systems, Spring 2002
9.912 Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Fall 2001
9.357 Special Topics in Vision Science, Fall 2001
9.520 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications, Spring 2006
9.520 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications, Spring 2003
9.07 Statistical Methods in Brain and Cognitive Science, Spring 2004
9.531J Systems Biology, Fall 2004
9.011 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I, Fall 2002
9.012 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II, Spring 2006
9.012 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II, Spring 2002
9.675 The Development of Object and Face Recognition, Spring 2006
9.916 The Neural Basis of Visual Object Recognition in Monkeys and Humans, Spring 2005
9.036 The Visual System, Spring 2005
9.52-B Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology, Spring 2001