If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to study the mind and brain from an interdisciplinary perspective, you’re not alone.

Approximately 80 U-M students attended the Weinberg Institute’s annual undergraduate open house on October 19 to learn more about majoring in cognitive science.

Weinberg Institute Director Rick Lewis, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, gave an overview of the interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science and highlighted career paths of recent U-M cognitive science graduates.

Students also heard from Lucius Anthony, Academic Program Specialist, who reviewed the four tracks of study--Computation and Cognition, Decision and Cognition, Language and Cognition, and Philosophy and Cognition--the course requirements and electives for each, and how the major can be tailored to meet a student’s specific goals.

Research presentations from David Brang, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Pam Beddor, Linguistics Professor, rounded out the formal presentations and gave students a glimpse of cognitive science research at Michigan.

Following the presentations, students enjoyed refreshments and met informally with representatives from LSA’s Newnan Advising Center, the Cognitive Science Community student group, and the Weinberg Institute’s cognitive science peer facilitators.