Honours Cognitive Science (60 credits)

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Honours Cognitive Science, which is restricted to students in the B.A. & Sc., is an extension of the Interfaculty program and offers students an opportunity to undertake a research project in close association with professors in their main Arts and Science focus areas. Prior to selecting the Honours program, students should meet with the Interdisciplinary Program Adviser and review the B.A. & Sc. academic requirements for Honours and First Class Honours, which can also be found under "University Regulations and Resources," "Graduation," and "Graduation Honours."

To receive an Honours degree, students are required to achieve a minimum overall program GPA of 3.3 at graduation, and attain a grade of B+ (3.3) or better in COGS 444. Students must complete both the 60-credit Honours program and an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science.

Note: B.A. & Sc. students who take interfaculty programs, including the Honours in Cognitive Science, must take at least 21 credits in Arts and 21 credits in Science across their interfaculty program and their minor or minor concentration.

Required Course (9 credits)

  • COGS 444 Honours Research (6 credits)

    Offered by: Arts & Science Admin (Shared) (Interfaculty, B.A. & Sc.)

    Overview

    Cognitive Science : Honours research course including research issues in two areas of cognitive science.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Cognitive Science Programs.

    • Note: To receive approval to register for this course, a student must present a research proposal to the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. The student's proposal must include approval of the research from one advisor from each of the student's two focal departments. The student's focal departments must consist of one Arts department and the one Science department (both must be participating in the BASc option) in which the student will have at the completed least 12 credits, exclusive of required courses at graduation.

  • NSCI 201 Introduction to Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how the nervous system acquires and integrates information and uses it to produce behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rosemary Bagot (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 or PSYC 211 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.

Core Complementary Courses: (21 credits)

3 credits from the following logic courses:

  • COMP 230 Logic and Computability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Propositional Logic, predicate calculus, proof systems, computability Turing machines, Church-Turing thesis, unsolvable problems, completeness, incompleteness, Tarski semantics, uses and misuses of Gödel's theorem.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Fall)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: CEGEP level mathematics.

  • MATH 318 Mathematical Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Propositional calculus, truth-tables, switching circuits, natural deduction, first order predicate calculus, axiomatic theories, set theory.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Marcin Sabok (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken PHIL 210

  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318

3 credits from the following statistics courses:

  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Examples of statistical data and the use of graphical means to summarize the data. Basic distributions arising in the natural and behavioural sciences. The logical meaning of a test of significance and a confidence interval. Tests of significance and confidence intervals in the one and two sample setting (means, variances and proportions).

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Abbas Khalili Mahmoudabadi, David B Wolfson (Fall)

    • No calculus prerequisites

    • Restriction: This course is intended for students in all disciplines. For extensive course restrictions covering statistics courses see Section 3.6.1 of the Arts and of the Science sections of the calendar regarding course overlaps.

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar. Students should consult http://www.mcgill.ca/students/transfercredit for information regarding transfer credits for this course.

  • MATH 323 Probability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Sample space, events, conditional probability, independence of events, Bayes' Theorem. Basic combinatorial probability, random variables, discrete and continuous univariate and multivariate distributions. Independence of random variables. Inequalities, weak law of large numbers, central limit theorem.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: David B Wolfson (Fall) Chien-Lin Su (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: MATH 141 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Intended for students in Science, Engineering and related disciplines, who have had differential and integral calculus

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 356

  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Mohammad Darainy (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300

    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

3 credits from the following computer science courses:

  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to computer programming in a high level language: variables, expressions, primitive types, methods, conditionals, loops. Introduction to algorithms, data structures (arrays, strings), modular software design, libraries, file input/output, debugging, exception handling. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Becerra Romero, Giulia Alberini (Fall) Giulia Alberini, Bentley Oakes (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: a CEGEP level mathematics course

    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computation. COMP 202 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250

  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical tools (binary numbers, induction, recurrence relations, asymptotic complexity, establishing correctness of programs), Data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary trees, binary search trees, heaps, hash tables), Recursive and non-recursive algorithms (searching and sorting, tree and graph traversal). Abstract data types, inheritance. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Fall) Jérôme Waldispuhl, Carlos Gonzalez Oliver (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.

    • Students with limited programming experience should take COMP 202 or equivalent before COMP 250. See COMP 202 Course Description for a list of topics.

3 credits from the following linguistics courses:

  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Primarily for students intending to take further courses in linguistics. Topics include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Students will be introduced to techniques of linguistic analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Meghan Clayards, Nicholas Baier (Fall) Heather Goad, Nicholas Baier (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • No prerequisite.

  • LING 210 Introduction to Speech Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The course covers key concepts of speech science, including phonetics (acoustics, speech perception and production), fundamentals in the study of speech processing, speech development, and speech disorders, and introduces some basic methodologies of the field.

    Terms: Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Winter)

  • LING 260 Meaning in Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A hands-on introduction to the strategies that natural languages use to convey meaning. Requiring no previous background in linguistics, the course surveys fundamental properties of word and sentence meaning and their interdependence with context. It provides an overview of the grammatical mechanisms that languages employ to construct the literal meanings of sentences from word meanings, explores how meanings are anchored to real life situations, and analyzes how meanings are routinely enriched in context by language users to convey more than what is literally expressed.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Luis Fernando Alonso-Ovalle (Fall)

3 credits from the following philosophy courses:

3 credits from the following neuroscience courses:

  • NSCI 200 Introduction to Neuroscience 1 (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how nerve cells generate action potentials, communicate with one another at synapses, develop synaptic connections, early brain development, and the construction of specific neural circuits.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Edward Ruthazer, Keith Murai, David Stellwagen (Fall)

  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jonathan Britt (Fall)

3 credits from the following psychology courses:

  • PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Perception is the organization of sensory input into a representation of the environment. Topics include: survey of sensory coding mechanisms (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory), object recognition, spatial localization, perceptual constancies and higher level influences.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mathieu Roy (Winter)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Where do thoughts come from? What is the nature of thought, and how does it arise in the mind and the brain? Cognition is the study of human information processing, and we will explore topics such as memory, attention, categorization, decision making, intelligence, philosophy of mind, and the mind-as computer metaphor.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Signy Sheldon (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures, 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits selected as follows:

18 credits from one of the following lists: Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, or Psychology.

12 credits from any of the five lists.

Of the 30 credits Complementary Course credits, 15 credits taken must be at the 400 level or higher.

Computer Science

  • COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Comprehensive overview of programming in C, use of system calls and libraries, debugging and testing of code; use of developmental tools like make, version control systems.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Joseph P Vybihal (Fall) David Meger (Winter)

  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical tools (binary numbers, induction, recurrence relations, asymptotic complexity, establishing correctness of programs), Data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary trees, binary search trees, heaps, hash tables), Recursive and non-recursive algorithms (searching and sorting, tree and graph traversal). Abstract data types, inheritance. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Fall) Jérôme Waldispuhl, Carlos Gonzalez Oliver (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.

    • Students with limited programming experience should take COMP 202 or equivalent before COMP 250. See COMP 202 Course Description for a list of topics.

  • COMP 251 Algorithms and Data Structures (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to algorithm design and analysis. Graph algorithms, greedy algorithms, data structures, dynamic programming, maximum flows.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Hamed Hatami (Fall) Adrian Roshan Vetta (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: COMP 250

    • Corequisite(s): MATH 235 or MATH 240 or MATH 363.

    • COMP 251 uses mathematical proof techniques that are taught in the corequisite course(s). If possible, students should take the corequisite course prior to COMP 251.

    • COMP 251 uses basic counting techniques (permutations and combinations) that are covered in MATH 240 and 363, but not in MATH 235. These techniques will be reviewed for the benefit of MATH 235 students.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking COMP 252.

  • COMP 280 History and Philosophy of Computing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : A history of early mathematical computation. Symbolic logic and computation. Modern computer systems and networks. The rise of the internet.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 3 hours

  • COMP 302 Programming Languages and Paradigms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Programming language design issues and programming paradigms. Binding and scoping, parameter passing, lambda abstraction, data abstraction, type checking. Functional and logic programming.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Francisco Ferreira Ruiz, Brigitte Pientka (Fall) Clark Verbrugge (Winter)

  • COMP 330 Theory of Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Finite automata, regular languages, context-free languages, push-down automata, models of computation, computability theory, undecidability, reduction techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Claude Crepeau (Fall)

  • COMP 360 Algorithm Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Advanced algorithm design and analysis. Linear programming, complexity and NP-completeness, advanced algorithmic techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Yang Cai (Fall) Hamed Hatami (Winter)

  • COMP 400 Project in Computer Science (4 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : A research project in any area of computer science, involving a programming effort and/or a theoretical investigation, and supervised by a faculty member in the School of Computer Science. Final written report required.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Nathan Friedman (Fall) Nathan Friedman (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: 15 Computer Science credits.

    • Restriction: For Honours students, or non-Honours students with permission of the department.

  • COMP 409 Concurrent Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Characteristics and utility of concurrent programs; formal methods for specification, verification and development of concurrent programs; communications, synchronization, resource allocation and management, coherency and integrity.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Clark Verbrugge (Winter)

  • COMP 417 Introduction Robotics and Intelligent Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : This course considers issues relevant to the design of robotic and of intelligent systems. How can robots move and interact. Robotic hardware systems. Kinematics and inverse kinematics. Sensors, sensor data interpretation and sensor fusion. Path planning. Configuration spaces. Position estimation. Intelligent systems. Spatial mapping. Multi-agent systems. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Gregory L Dudek (Fall)

  • COMP 421 Database Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Database Design: conceptual design of databases (e.g., entity-relationship model), relational data model, functional dependencies. Database Manipulation: relational algebra, SQL, database application programming, triggers, access control. Database Implementation: transactions, concurrency control, recovery, query execution and query optimization.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Joseph D'silva (Winter)

  • COMP 424 Artificial Intelligence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to search methods. Knowledge representation using logic and probability. Planning and decision making under uncertainty. Introduction to machine learning.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jackie Cheung (Winter)

  • COMP 523 Language-based Security (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : State-of-the-art language-based techniques for enforcing security policies in distributed computing environments. Static techniques (such as type- and proof-checking technology), verification of security policies and applications such as proof-carrying code, certifying compilers, and proof-carrying authentication.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Brigitte Pientka (Fall)

  • COMP 526 Probabilistic Reasoning and AI (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Belief networks, Utility theory, Markov Decision Processes and Learning Algorithms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • COMP 527 Logic and Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to modern constructive logic, its mathematical properties, and its numerous applications in computer science.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: COMP 302

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken COMP 426

  • COMP 531 Advanced Theory of Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Models for sequential and parallel computations: Turing machines, boolean circuits. The equivalence of various models and the Church-Turing thesis. Unsolvable problems. Model dependent measures of computational complexity. Abstract complexity theory. Exponentially and super-exponentially difficult problems. Complete problems.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Denis Therien (Winter)

  • COMP 546 Computational Perception (4 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Computational models of visual perception and audition. Vision problems include stereopsis, motion, focus, perspective, color. Audition problems include source localization and recognition. Emphasis on physics of image formation, sensory signal processing, neural pathways and computation, psychophysical methods.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken COMP 646.

  • COMP 558 Fundamentals of Computer Vision (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Biological vision, edge detection, projective geometry and camera modelling, shape from shading and texture, stereo vision, optical flow, motion analysis, object representation, object recognition, graph theoretic methods, high level vision, applications.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Kaleem Siddiqi (Fall)

  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Taylor series, Taylor's theorem in one and several variables. Review of vector geometry. Partial differentiation, directional derivative. Extreme of functions of 2 or 3 variables. Parametric curves and arc length. Polar and spherical coordinates. Multiple integrals.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Stephen W Drury, Niko Laaksonen (Fall) Stephen W Drury (Winter)

  • MATH 223 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of matrix algebra, determinants and systems of linear equations. Vector spaces, linear operators and their matrix representations, orthogonality. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of Hermitian matrices. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Bogdan Lucian Nica (Fall) Djivede Kelome (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisite: MATH 133 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students in Mathematics programs nor to students who have taken or are taking MATH 236, MATH 247 or MATH 251. It is open to students in Faculty Programs

  • MATH 240 Discrete Structures 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Mathematical foundations of logical thinking and reasoning. Mathematical language and proof techniques. Quantifiers. Induction. Elementary number theory. Modular arithmetic. Recurrence relations and asymptotics. Combinatorial enumeration. Functions and relations. Partially ordered sets and lattices. Introduction to graphs, digraphs and rooted trees.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Philip Evan Decorte (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Corequisite: MATH 133.

    • Restriction: For students in any Computer Science program. Others only with the instructor's permission. Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 235.

Linguistics

Any course at the 300, 400 or 500 level from the department of Linguistics, or from the following list:

  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Primarily for students intending to take further courses in linguistics. Topics include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Students will be introduced to techniques of linguistic analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Meghan Clayards, Nicholas Baier (Fall) Heather Goad, Nicholas Baier (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • No prerequisite.

  • LING 210 Introduction to Speech Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The course covers key concepts of speech science, including phonetics (acoustics, speech perception and production), fundamentals in the study of speech processing, speech development, and speech disorders, and introduces some basic methodologies of the field.

    Terms: Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Winter)

  • LING 260 Meaning in Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A hands-on introduction to the strategies that natural languages use to convey meaning. Requiring no previous background in linguistics, the course surveys fundamental properties of word and sentence meaning and their interdependence with context. It provides an overview of the grammatical mechanisms that languages employ to construct the literal meanings of sentences from word meanings, explores how meanings are anchored to real life situations, and analyzes how meanings are routinely enriched in context by language users to convey more than what is literally expressed.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Luis Fernando Alonso-Ovalle (Fall)

Philosophy

  • NSCI 300 Neuroethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to ethical issues arising from basic and clinical neuroscience. Overview of therapeutic, diagnostic, and research interventions in mental and neurological disorders, and their implications on society.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jennifer Fishman (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 or permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Major Neuroscience Program

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of major positions of the mind-body problem, focusing on such questions as: Do we have minds and bodies? Can minds affect bodies? Is mind identical to body? If so, in what sense "identical"? Can physical bodies be conscious.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A second course in Logic. NB. The course will be technical in nature, and some mathematical aptitude is essential. The emphasis is on the expressive properties of standard logical systems, including implications for the philosophy of mathematics. We will study the Completeness of First-Order Logic, then the 'limitative' theorems of Tarski and Gödel.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Winter)

  • PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : This course provides an historically informed introduction to philosophy of mathematics. It gives the student an overview of prominent issues and arguments, to enable her to follow and discuss contemporary research in philosophy of mathematics.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Fall)

  • PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of philosophical problems as they arise in the context of scientific practice and enquiry. Such issues as the philosophical presuppositions of the physical and social sciences, the nature of scientific method and its epistemological implications will be addressed.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHIL 354 Plato (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of some of the philosophical problems (those in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, e.g.) found in a selection of Plato's dialogues.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Fall)

  • PHIL 355 Aristotle (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works by Aristotle. The course considers issues in moral philosophy as well as those found in the logical treatises, the Physics and Metaphysics, and in the philosophy of mind.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Marguerite Deslauriers (Winter)

  • PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the work of such seventeenth-century philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Leibniz, and the Cambridge Platonists.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Emily J Carson (Fall)

  • PHIL 361 18th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of eighteenth century philosophy, especially British philosophy. Attention is given to fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and moral issues as reflected in the work of such philosophers as Locke, Shaftesbury, Berkeley, Hutcheson, Butler, Hume and Reid.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Winter)

  • PHIL 367 19th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the works of such 19th century philosophers as Mach, Helmholtz, Dedekind, Frege, Marx, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Mill and Bradley.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Susan Judith Hoffmann (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A previous course in philosophy is recommended

  • PHIL 370 Problems in Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to the central questions in the analytic tradition, through the works of important early figures in that tradition. Philosophers to be discussed may include: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ramsay, Carnap and the "logical positivists".

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHIL 410 Advanced Topics in Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on central results in logic that are of philosophical significance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHIL 411 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on some philosophical issue (e.g., the nature of numbers or the relation of truth to provability) as it arises in the study of mathematics and logic.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or the equivalent, and one intermediate course in philosophy

  • PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central notions in the philosophy of language (reference, meaning, and truth, e.g.), the puzzles these notions give rise to, and the relevance of these notions to such questions as: What is language? How is communication possible? What is understanding? Is language rule-governed.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Oran Magal (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy

  • PHIL 419 Epistemology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of central topics in the theory of knowledge. The questions addressed in the course may include: What is knowledge? Do we have any knowledge? What is the relation between knowledge and belief? When is belief justified? Is all knowledge conscious knowledge.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy

  • PHIL 421 Metaphysics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central questions in metaphysics in their historical and contemporary forms. Topics may be chosen from such issues as: personal identity, the nature of space and time, the nature of events and properties, possible worlds, and the problem of realism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy

  • PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An analysis of some key philosophical ideas in science and technology, e.g. problem, explanation, forecast, testability and truth.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 341 or written permission of the instructor

  • PHIL 470 Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced discussion of major themes in the analytic tradition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHIL 474 Phenomenology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A study of phenomenology from a historical and thematic perspective. The course will typically involve the study of central thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, or Merleau-Ponty, with an examination of the nature and development of the phenomenological movement.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: R Philip Buckley (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one intermediate course in philosophy

Psychology

  • ANTH 440 Cognitive Anthropology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : The problem of knowledge; the nature of perception; the concept of mind; the relation between thought and language. The concept of meaning: communication, interpretation and symbolism. Social aspects of cognition; ideology.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Samuel Veissière (Fall)

  • MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : Basic processes by which the brain transforms sound waves into musical events, dimensions, systems and structures and the processes by which musicians imagine new musical sounds and structures and plan movements that produce music on instruments.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mohamed Touizrar (Winter)

  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Mohammad Darainy (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300

    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jonathan Britt (Fall)

  • PSYC 212 Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Perception is the organization of sensory input into a representation of the environment. Topics include: survey of sensory coding mechanisms (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory), object recognition, spatial localization, perceptual constancies and higher level influences.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mathieu Roy (Winter)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 213 Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Where do thoughts come from? What is the nature of thought, and how does it arise in the mind and the brain? Cognition is the study of human information processing, and we will explore topics such as memory, attention, categorization, decision making, intelligence, philosophy of mind, and the mind-as computer metaphor.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Signy Sheldon (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures, 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: One previous course in Psychology.

  • PSYC 302 The Psychology of Pain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to pain research and theory, with emphasis on the interactions of psychological, cultural and physiological factors in pain perception. The role of these factors in clinical pain and its management by pharmacological and non-pharmacological means will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 3 lectures

    • Prerequisite: any of the following: NSCI 201, PSYC 211, PSYC 212 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken PSYC 505.

  • PSYC 304 Child Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychology of children, covering critical issues, theories, biological underpinnings, experimental methods, and findings in perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Melanie Dirks, Stephane Gaskin (Fall)

  • PSYC 305 Statistics for Experimental Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments, including analysis of variance, planned and post hoc tests and a comparison of anova to correlational analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Heungsun Hwang (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent

    • This course is required of all students who propose to enter an Honours or Major program in Psychology

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • PSYC 310 Intelligence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to the evolution and assessment of intelligence. Emphasizes measurement and correlates of the human intellect and the role of environment and heredity in social and race differences in intellectual and adaptive functioning. Evolution of intelligence in vertebrates and other intelligences including practical and emotional intelligence will be covered.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Geneviève Gagnon (Winter)

  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 316 Psychology of Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic introduction to the field of deafness from a psychological perspective. Topics include effect of deafness on sensory, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual and linguistic processes. Impact of deafness on children and families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Focuses on current techniques employed to study which genes influence behaviour, and how they do so.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The physiological bases of motivational states, with respect to feeding, drinking, sexual behavior, drug use, and aggression. Physiological bases of learning and memory.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jonathan Britt (Winter)

  • PSYC 340 Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of issues in psycholinguistics, focusing on the nature and processing of language (e.g., how we understand speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourse). Also surveyed: language and thought, the biological foundations of language, and first language acquisition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 341 The Psychology of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine issues in bilingualism, including second language acquisition in children and adults, critical period hypothesis, cognitive consequences and correlates of bilingualism, social psychological aspects of bilingualism, and bilingual education.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Debra Ann Titone (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, and PSYC 340 or introduction to linguistics; or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 342 Hormones and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The role of hormones in organization of CNS function, as effectors of behaviour, in expression of behaviours and in mental illness.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Anne Almey (Winter)

  • PSYC 352 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Introduction to research methods and experimental techniques in cognitive psychology for exploring topics such as attention, memory, categorization, reasoning, and language processing.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Reza Farivar-Mohseni (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 1 hour lecture, weekly lab

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 213 and PYSC 305.

    • Corequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

    • Students will be admitted on the basis of a written application on forms available from the Department (Room N7/9). Applications must be submitted by first day of class

  • PSYC 406 Psychological Tests (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to the theory and practice of psychological measurement in health, educational, clinical and industrial/organizational settings. Attention to procedures for developing and validating tests and questionnaires. Techniques include: intelligence tests, projective tests, questionnaires, structured interviews, rating scales, and behavioural/performance tests.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: David Vachon (Fall)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 204 or equivalent

  • PSYC 410 Special Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Developments in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry via readings from primary sources. Topics include the neural bases of memory, emotion, social cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases. Integrating knowledge from studies in clinical populations and functional neuroimaging studies.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jelena Ristic (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 311 or PSYC 308. Knowledge of basic neuropsychology at the level covered in PSYC 311 is assumed

  • PSYC 413 Cognitive Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : In-depth exploration of cognitive development in infants and children including knowledge representation and processing, conceptual development, language development, and theories and principles of cognitive development.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Fall)

  • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A systematic examination of the sensorimotor system, drawing on models and data from both behavioural and physiological studies. Topics include: cortical motor areas, cerebellum, basal ganglia, spinal mechanisms, motor unit properties and force production, prioception, muscle properties.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 433 Cognitive Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The multi-disciplinary study of cognitive science, exploring the computer metaphor of the mind as an information-processing system. Focus on levels of analysis, symbolic modeling, Turing machines, neural networks, as applied to topics such as reasoning, vision, decision-making, and consciousness.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Anthony Otto (Winter)

  • PSYC 470 Memory and Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Memory systems are studied with an emphasis on the neural computations that occur at various stages of the processing stream, focusing on the hippocampus, amygdala, basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex. The data reviewed is obtained from human, non-human primates and rodents, with single unit recording, neuroimaging and brain damaged subjects.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Oliver Hardt (Fall)

  • PSYC 501 Auditory Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Auditory perception and its neural correlates, covering acoustics, auditory anatomy and neurobiology, and the neural correlates of perception of loudness, pitch, spatial location, frequency specificity, musical, speech sounds, and segregation of component sounds in multi-sound environments in both humans and animals.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in perception or sound or neuroscience and permission of instructor.

    • Restrictions: For U3 and graduate students.

  • PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to cognitive properties and neural mechanisms of human attention. The material will include an overview of the history of attention research, contemporary theories of attention, the varieties of attention, behavioral and neuroimaging experimental methods, the nature of attentional dysfunctions, and the links between attention and other cognitive functions including memory and consciousness.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 213 and PSYC 311, and one of PSYC 305 OR BIOL 373, or permission of instructor.

    • Restrictions: Open only to Psychology, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience students. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 365.

  • PSYC 513 Human Decision-Making (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Interdisciplinary study of decision-making, covering contemporary approaches to understanding how humans compute values and make choices. Measurement of and techniques for assessing variables such as risk and uncertainty, utilities and preferences, reinforcement learning, heuristics and biases, and self-control. Emphasis on quantitative models of decision-making.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Anthony Otto (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): PSYC 212 or PSYC 213 and U3 standing; or permission of instructor

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken PSYC 562 in Winter 2017.

  • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Fall) Karim Nader (Winter)

  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Anatomical, biochemical and physiological aspects of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, current theories of the function of these systems in normal and abnormal behaviour, and the actions of psychotropic drugs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : We examine in detail the structure of the visual system, and its function as reflected in the perceptual abilities and behaviour of the organism. Parallels are also drawn with other sensory systems to demonstrate general principles of sensory coding.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Frederick A A Kingdom, Kathleen T Mullen (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

  • PSYC 529 Music Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Interdisciplinary study of music cognition, with an emphasis on psychological, computational, and neuroscientific approaches. Focuses on listeners' response to sound, including perception, attention, memory, motor control, skilled performance, and emotional response.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Caroline Palmer (Fall)

  • PSYC 531 Structural Equation Models (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course introduces basic concepts underlying structural equation models (SEM). SEM, which combine regression analysis and factor analysis, are quite useful and are currently very popular in analyzing data that arise in social, developmental and clinical psychology. The students are expected to get first-hand experiences in fitting SEM, and learn how to interpret and report the results from SEM.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • one 2-hour lecture plus one lab

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 536, PSYC 651, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

  • PSYC 536 Correlational Techniques (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of relations among a number of variables in situations common in psychology, ecology, and other fields. Methods include regression analysis, principal components analysis, and other techniques for modelling the structure of correlation matrices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 204 and PSYC 305 or their equivalents, and MATH 133 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval.

  • PSYC 537 Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Topics may include: the neural basis of language, evolutionary approaches to language, pragmatics and figurative language processing, disordered language processing, models of spoken word recognition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 213 and one of: PSYC 340, LING 200, or LING 201.

    • Note: Prior background in the psychology of language, cognitive psychology, or linguistics is essential.

  • PSYC 538 Categorization, Communication & Consciousness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The main challenges that cognitive science faces today, focusing on the capacity to learn sensorimotor categories, to name and describe them verbally, and to transmit them to others, concluding with cognition distributed on the Web.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Stevan Harnad (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): Student must have completed a 300 level course in one of the following: Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience.

    • Restriction(s): Restricted to U2 students or above.

  • PSYC 541 Multilevel Modelling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic concepts of multilevel linear and nonlinear models and applying these methods to empirical data.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 305 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

    • Limited enrolment.

  • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological mechanisms and theories of first language acquisition in infancy and early childhood. Topics such as: infant speech perception, acquisition of grammar, word learning, pidgin and Creole languages, critical and sensitive periods, genetic and evolutionary bases of language.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Winter)

    • Fall

  • PSYC 561 Methods: Developmental Psycholinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Approaches and methods used in investigations of the development of language and communication. A case study approach, observational-correlational approach versus experimental-manipulative approach, cross sectional design versus longitudinal design.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • 3 hour lectures

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 340 and LING 355 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Neuroscience

* Students select either BIOL 514 or PSYC 514, but not both.
** Students select either NSCI 200 or PHGY 209, but not both.

  • ANAT 321 Circuitry of the Human Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anatomy and Cell Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : This course explores the functional organization of the human brain and spinal cord. The course focuses on how neuronal systems are designed to subserve specific motor, sensory, and cognitive operations.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: David S Ragsdale (Fall)

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Kenneth E M Hastings, Paul Lasko, Tomoko Oyama, Richard D W Roy, Thomas E Bureau (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent

    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent

  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212

  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms of animal behaviour; neuroethology; cellular neurophysiology, integrative networks within nervous systems; neural control of movement; processing of sensory information.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Joseph Alan Dent, Jon Sakata (Fall)

  • BIOL 307 Behavioural Ecology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The relationship between animal behaviour and the natural environment in which it occurs. This course introduces the subject of ecology at the level of the individual organism. Emphasis on general principles which relate to feeding, predator avoidance, aggression, reproduction and parental care of animals including humans.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Simon Reader (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 hours lecture and 1 hour conference

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 or permission

  • BIOL 320 Evolution of Brain and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Functional and comparative approach to neuroanatomy, examining how species changes in brain organization contribute to evolutionary changes in behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Sarah Woolley, Jon Sakata (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of conference (mandatory)

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 201 or BIOL 306

  • BIOL 507 Animal Communication (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to communication between animals, including humans. Physical and phylogenetic constraints on the evolution of communication systems will be discussed. The approach to communication will draw from behavioural ecology, psychology, physiology and physics.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jon Sakata, Kristine Onishi (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Corequisites: BIOL 307 or equivalent and one of BIOL 306 or NEUR 310 or NSCI 200 or NSCI 201 or PHGY 311; or permission of instructor. Since all corequisites may not be offered in the same term, students are advised that they may have to plan their schedules so that they may register in these courses in the term prior to BIOL 507.

  • BIOL 514 Neurobiology Learning and Memory (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Fall) Karim Nader (Winter)

  • BIOL 530 Advances in Neuroethology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms underlying behaviour in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Sarah Woolley, Tomoko Oyama (Winter)

  • BIOL 532 Developmental Neurobiology Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussions of all aspects of nervous system development including pattern formation, cell lineage, pathfinding and targeting by growing axons, and neural regeneration. The basis for these discussions will be recent research papers and other assigned readings.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Donald Van Meyel, Artur Kania, Alyson Elise Fournier (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 1 hour lecture, 2 hours seminar

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 306 or permission of instructor

  • BIOL 580 Genetic Approaches to Neural Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course will focus on recent research employing genetic-based methods to examine the functional and structural properties of the nervous system. The focus will be on approaches for studying neural circuits and behavior in a range of model organisms. Topics will include recent technological advances, such as optogenetics for modifying and controlling neuronal activity, and animal models of neurological diseases. Students will critically analyze the application of these methods to current research through in-class discussion of primary literature, student presentations, and written assignments.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelton Hendricks (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 306 or permission of the instructors.

  • BIOL 588 Advances in Molecular/Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussion of fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying the general features of cellular neurobiology. An advanced course based on lectures and on a critical review of primary research papers.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours seminar

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 300 and BIOL 306 or permission

  • NEUR 310 Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Neurology and Neurosurgery (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neurology and Neurosurgery : A survey of the functional organization of nerve cells, signalling in the nervous system, and principles of neural development. Topics include cell polarity, neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, receptors and second messengers, cell lineage, guidance of axon outgrowth, and nerve regeneration. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of neurons at the molecular level.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jean-Francois Cloutier (Winter)

  • NSCI 200 Introduction to Neuroscience 1 (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to how nerve cells generate action potentials, communicate with one another at synapses, develop synaptic connections, early brain development, and the construction of specific neural circuits.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Edward Ruthazer, Keith Murai, David Stellwagen (Fall)

  • NSCI 300 Neuroethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neuroscience : An introduction to ethical issues arising from basic and clinical neuroscience. Overview of therapeutic, diagnostic, and research interventions in mental and neurological disorders, and their implications on society.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jennifer Fishman (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 or permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Major Neuroscience Program

  • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of body fluids, blood, body defense mechanisms, muscle, peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Melissa Vollrath, Phil Gold, Ann Wechsler (Fall)

  • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses on cellular communication in the nervous system and the endocrine system.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Ellis Cooper, Arjun Krishnaswamy, Reza Sharif Naeini (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 afternoons per term

    • Prerequisite: PHGY 209 or permission of the instructor.

  • PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses underlying our current understanding of how single neurons and ensembles of neurons encode sensory information, generate movement, and control cognitive functions such as emotion, learning, and memory, during voluntary behaviours.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Maurice Chacron, Reza Sharif Naeini, Erik Cook (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours of lectures per week

    • Prerequisites: PHGY 209

  • PHGY 556 Topics in Systems Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Topics of current interest in systems neurophysiology and behavioural neuroscience including: the neural representation of sensory information and motor behaviours, models of sensory motor integration, and the computational analysis of problems in motor control and perception. Students will be expected to present and critically discuss journal articles in class.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Daniel E Guitton, Erik Cook (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor required.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 456

  • PSYC 211 Introductory Behavioural Neuroscience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to contemporary research on the relationship between brain and behaviour. Topics include learning, memory and cognition, brain damage and neuroplasticity, emotion and motivation, and drug addiction and brain reward circuits. Much of the evidence will be drawn from the experimental literature on research with animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jonathan Britt (Fall)

  • PSYC 302 The Psychology of Pain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to pain research and theory, with emphasis on the interactions of psychological, cultural and physiological factors in pain perception. The role of these factors in clinical pain and its management by pharmacological and non-pharmacological means will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 3 lectures

    • Prerequisite: any of the following: NSCI 201, PSYC 211, PSYC 212 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken PSYC 505.

  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures; 1 conference

  • PSYC 317 Genes and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Focuses on current techniques employed to study which genes influence behaviour, and how they do so.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 318 Behavioural Neuroscience 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The physiological bases of motivational states, with respect to feeding, drinking, sexual behavior, drug use, and aggression. Physiological bases of learning and memory.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jonathan Britt (Winter)

  • PSYC 342 Hormones and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The role of hormones in organization of CNS function, as effectors of behaviour, in expression of behaviours and in mental illness.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Anne Almey (Winter)

  • PSYC 410 Special Topics in Neuropsychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Developments in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry via readings from primary sources. Topics include the neural bases of memory, emotion, social cognition and neuropsychiatric diseases. Integrating knowledge from studies in clinical populations and functional neuroimaging studies.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jelena Ristic (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 311 or PSYC 308. Knowledge of basic neuropsychology at the level covered in PSYC 311 is assumed

  • PSYC 427 Sensorimotor Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A systematic examination of the sensorimotor system, drawing on models and data from both behavioural and physiological studies. Topics include: cortical motor areas, cerebellum, basal ganglia, spinal mechanisms, motor unit properties and force production, prioception, muscle properties.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 308 or permission of instructor

  • PSYC 433 Cognitive Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The multi-disciplinary study of cognitive science, exploring the computer metaphor of the mind as an information-processing system. Focus on levels of analysis, symbolic modeling, Turing machines, neural networks, as applied to topics such as reasoning, vision, decision-making, and consciousness.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Anthony Otto (Winter)

  • PSYC 444 Sleep Mechanisms and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course covers basic biological mechanisms, possible functions and behavioural aspects of sleep. Additional topics include: disorders of sleep, their effects on behaviour and cognition, and treatment approaches; as well as medical, neurological and psychiatric disorders, and drugs, that affect sleep.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Elizaveta Solomonova (Winter)

  • PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : An introduction to cognitive properties and neural mechanisms of human attention. The material will include an overview of the history of attention research, contemporary theories of attention, the varieties of attention, behavioral and neuroimaging experimental methods, the nature of attentional dysfunctions, and the links between attention and other cognitive functions including memory and consciousness.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: PSYC 213 and PSYC 311, and one of PSYC 305 OR BIOL 373, or permission of instructor.

    • Restrictions: Open only to Psychology, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience students. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 365.

  • PSYC 514 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Fall) Karim Nader (Winter)

  • PSYC 522 Neurochemistry and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Anatomical, biochemical and physiological aspects of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, current theories of the function of these systems in normal and abnormal behaviour, and the actions of psychotropic drugs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 526 Advances in Visual Perception (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : We examine in detail the structure of the visual system, and its function as reflected in the perceptual abilities and behaviour of the organism. Parallels are also drawn with other sensory systems to demonstrate general principles of sensory coding.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Frederick A A Kingdom, Kathleen T Mullen (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 lectures

  • PSYT 301 Issues in Drug Dependence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : The phenomenology and epidemiology of the use and abuse of alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and psychotomimetic agents are discussed in relation to current theoretical and experimental issues. The perspective is multidisciplinary and the intention is to develop an understanding of the nature of the issues surrounding drug dependence.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Kathryn Gill (Winter)

  • PSYT 500 Advances: Neurobiology of Mental Disorders (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : Current theories on the neurobiological basis of most well known mental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, dementia). Methods and strategies in research on genetic, physiological and biochemical factors in mental illness will be discussed. Discussion will also focus on the rationale for present treatment approaches and on promising new approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Tak Pan Wong, Lalit K Srivastava (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): BIOC 212 and BIOC 311, or BIOC 312, or BIOL 200 and BIOL 201, or PHGY 311, or PSYC 308 and an upper-level biological science course with permission of the instructors, or equivalent. Basic knowledge of cellular and molecular biology is required.

    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students only.

    • Restriction: Graduate Studies: strongly recommended for M.Sc. students in Psychiatry.

  • PSYT 502 Brain Evolution and Psychiatry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : The course will focus on the transcendental importance of evolution of nervous systems for normal and pathological behaviour. Studies of allomeric brain growth and recent evolutionary theories of brain organization as they relate to normal and abnormal behaviour will be emphasized.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 115 or equivalent as authorized by instructor

  • PSYT 515 Advanced Studies in Addiction (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : Critical assessment of research tools, reported data, and theoretical perspectives on drug addiction, with an emphasis on multi-factorial and inter-disciplinary approaches.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: PSYT 301 or permission from one of the instructors.

    • Restrictions: Priority will be given to graduate students registered in Psychiatry, Psychology or Neuroscience graduate programs. Open to undergraduates who have completed PSYT 301 or an equivalent course. Undergraduates must obtain permission of the instructors before registration. Not open to students who have taken PSYT 615.

Research Course

  • COGS 401 Research Cognitive Science 1 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Arts & Science Admin (Shared) (Interfaculty, B.A. & Sc.)

    Overview

    Cognitive Science : Research project supervised by a McGill Faculty member.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: 30 credits of Cognitive Science program. Approval of Program Director. CGPA >3.00

    • Note: To receive approval to register for this course, a student must present a research proposal to the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. See https://www.mcgill.ca/cogsci/research/ for instructions.

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