COGSCI 303 - Cognitive Science and Psychopathology
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Cognitive Science (COGSCI)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Enforced Prerequisites:
COGSCI 200 and no credit in COGSCI 301, with the topic "Cognitive Science and Psychopathology.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In recent years, cognitive scientists have increasingly sought to model various forms of psychopathology, in part because an examination of the deficits in cognitive and/or affective processing associated with such disorders seems like a promising way to better understand the nature of “normal” cognitive functioning and the underlying neurocognitive mechanisms.

In the course, we will examine a number of psychopathologies, including delusions, schizophrenia, psychopathy, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and addiction. We will consider whether the explanatory strategies of cognitive science – including Marr’s levels of analysis, the method of dissociation, and the mechanistic assumption - can be fruitfully applied to these disorders, and to the search for the existence of distinct neurocognitive mechanisms. We will also consider some philosophical questions that are raised by various kinds of mental disorders and our attempts to understand them, such as: what is mental disorder? Can, or should, we define and diagnose psychopathology in a value-free way? Is disorder always caused by malfunctioning mechanisms, or are there other possible causes? How should we understand the relationship between the mind and the brain? What might delusions tell us about the nature of belief/knowledge and the structure of the mind? Are psychopaths mad (mentally disordered) or just bad?

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates who have taken previous Cognitive Science, Psychology, and/or Philosophy classes with an interest in psychopathology may be interested in this course. Enforced pre-requisite: COGSCI 200.


COGSCI 303 - Cognitive Science and Psychopathology
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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