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.

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences links

Visit the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences home page at:
http://web.mit.edu/bcs/

Review the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences curriculum at:
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/resources/curriculum/index.htm#9

 

 MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 9.00Introduction to PsychologyFall 2004
 9.00PIntroduction to PsychologyFall 2001
 9.01Introduction to NeuroscienceFall 2004
 9.01Neuroscience and BehaviorFall 2003
 9.02Brain LaboratorySpring 2002
 9.03Neural Basis of Learning and MemoryFall 2003
 9.031Neural Basis of Learning and MemoryFall 2003
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9.04Neural Basis of Vision and AuditionFall 2006
 9.05Neural Basis of MovementSpring 2003
 9.07Statistical Methods in Brain and Cognitive ScienceSpring 2004
 9.09JCellular NeurobiologySpring 2005
 9.10Cognitive NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.100Cognitive NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.12Experimental Molecular NeurobiologyFall 2006
 9.14Brain Structure and its OriginsSpring 2005
 9.15Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic TransmissionFall 2003
 9.150Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic TransmissionFall 2003
 9.16Cellular NeurophysiologySpring 2002
 9.18Developmental NeurobiologySpring 2005
 9.181JDevelopmental NeurobiologySpring 2005
 9.19JCognitive & Behavioral GeneticsSpring 2001
 9.20Animal BehaviorFall 2005
 9.22JA Clinical Approach to the Human BrainFall 2006
 9.29JIntroduction to Computational NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.301JNeural Plasticity in Learning and DevelopmentSpring 2002
 9.35Sensation and PerceptionSpring 2004
 9.458Parkinson's Disease WorkshopSummer 2006
 9.459Scene Understanding SymposiumSpring 2006
 9.51Affective Priming at Short and Extremely Short ExposuresSpring 2003
 9.52-AInvestigating the Neural Substrates of Remote Memory using fMRISpring 2003
 9.52-BTopics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human EthologySpring 2001
 9.52-CComputational Cognitive ScienceSpring 2003
 9.56JAbnormal LanguageFall 2004
 9.57JLanguage AcquisitionFall 2001
 9.59JPsycholinguisticsSpring 2005
 9.63Laboratory in Cognitive ScienceFall 2005
 9.63Laboratory in Cognitive ScienceFall 2002
 9.65Cognitive ProcessesSpring 2004
 9.660JComputational Cognitive ScienceFall 2004
 9.66JComputational Cognitive ScienceFall 2004
 9.67Object and Face RecognitionSpring 2001
 9.68Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of FeelingsSpring 2005
 9.69Foundations of CognitionSpring 2003
 9.70Social PsychologySpring 2005
 9.71Functional MRI of High-Level VisionFall 2004
 9.74Foundations of Human Memory and LearningSpring 2002
 9.75JPsychology of GenderSpring 2003
 9.85Infant and Early Childhood CognitionFall 2005
 9.912Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive SciencesFall 2001
 9.912JIntroduction to Computational NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.916-AProbability and Causality in Human CognitionSpring 2003
 9.93Cognitive Neuroscience of Remembering: Creating and Controlling MemoryJanuary (IAP) 2002
 9.93Marathon Moral Reasoning LaboratoryJanuary (IAP) 2007
 9.97Introduction to NeuroanatomyJanuary (IAP) 2003
 9.98Language and MindJanuary (IAP) 2003
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 MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 9.011The Brain and Cognitive Sciences IFall 2002
 9.012The Brain and Cognitive Sciences IISpring 2006
 9.012The Brain and Cognitive Sciences IISpring 2002
 9.013JCellular and Molecular Neurobiology: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences IIISpring 2003
 9.03Neural Basis of Learning and MemoryFall 2003
 9.031Neural Basis of Learning and MemoryFall 2003
 9.036The Visual SystemSpring 2005
 9.044JBrain Mechanisms for Hearing and SpeechFall 2005
 9.081Human Memory and LearningFall 2002
 9.10Cognitive NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.100Cognitive NeuroscienceSpring 2004
 9.110JNeurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of AgingSpring 2005
 9.15Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic TransmissionFall 2003
 9.150Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic TransmissionFall 2003
 9.16Cellular NeurophysiologySpring 2002
 9.18Developmental NeurobiologySpring 2005
 9.181JDevelopmental NeurobiologySpring 2005
 9.19JCognitive & Behavioral GeneticsSpring 2001
 9.201Advanced Animal BehaviorSpring 2000
 9.250Evolutionary PsychologySpring 1999
 9.301JNeural Plasticity in Learning and DevelopmentSpring 2002
 9.322JGenetic NeurobiologyFall 2005
 9.357Special Topics in Vision ScienceFall 2001
 9.373Somatosensory and Motor SystemsSpring 2002
 9.402Language and ThoughtFall 2002
 9.458Parkinson's Disease WorkshopSummer 2006
 9.459Scene Understanding SymposiumSpring 2006
 9.520Statistical Learning Theory and ApplicationsSpring 2006
 9.520Statistical Learning Theory and ApplicationsSpring 2003
 9.520-ANetworks for Learning: Regression and ClassificationSpring 2001
 9.52-CComputational Cognitive ScienceSpring 2003
 9.530Cellular and Molecular ComputationSpring 2000
 9.531JSystems BiologyFall 2004
 9.56JAbnormal LanguageFall 2004
 9.591JLanguage ProcessingFall 2004
 9.601JLanguage Acquisition ISpring 2002
 9.611JNatural Language and the Computer Representation of KnowledgeSpring 2003
 9.641JIntroduction to Neural NetworksSpring 2005
 9.660JComputational Cognitive ScienceFall 2004
 9.66JComputational Cognitive ScienceFall 2004
 9.67Object and Face RecognitionSpring 2001
 9.675The Development of Object and Face RecognitionSpring 2006
 9.69Foundations of CognitionSpring 2003
 9.713JNoninvasive Imaging in Biology and MedicineFall 2005
 9.911Reasonable Conduct in ScienceJanuary (IAP) 2002
 9.912Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive SciencesFall 2001
 9.913Pattern Recognition for Machine VisionFall 2004
 9.913-AIntensive NeuroanatomyJanuary (IAP) 2002
 9.916Modularity, Domain-specificity, and the Organization of KnowledgeFall 2001
 9.916The Neural Basis of Visual Object Recognition in Monkeys and HumansSpring 2005
 9.916-AProbability and Causality in Human CognitionSpring 2003
 9.95-AResearch Topics in NeuroscienceJanuary (IAP) 2003
 9.96Experimental Methods of Adjustable Tetrode Array NeurophysiologyJanuary (IAP) 2001
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