Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5001. Cogntive Science Proseminar

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of current research in cognitive science, with presentations by cognitive science faculty.

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5120. Structure, Acquisition and Processing of Language

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics in syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology. Connections to current research in language acquisition, sentence processing, neurogenic disorders.

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5130. Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

Also offered as: PSYC 5150

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in PSYC, SLHS, PNB; others with consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of brain development including embryonic neurogenetics; evolution and evo-devo; how emergent behavioral capabilities reflect neural growth in neurobehavioral development; and how disruptions of neurodevelopment cause developmental disabilities. Offered alternating years in spring semester.

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5140. Neurobiology of Language: Typical and Atypical Cognition and Language Development

Also offered as: PSYC 5445

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in PSYC, SLHS, PNB; others with consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: one of COGS 5110, 5120, 5130, 5150; LING 5110; PSYC 5440; or SLHS 5348.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of current research on language acquisition in developmentally delayed/pathological populations, including but not restricted to Autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Specific Language Impairment. Examination of what the language delays and deficits reveal about each disorder, the processes of language acquisition, the representation and organization of language, and the biology/neuropsychology/genetics of language.

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5150. Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Across the Lifespan

Also offered as: PSYC 5424

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to Graduate students in PSYC, LING, SLHS; others with consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

The cognitive neuroscience approach to the study of language across the lifespan. Recent advances in neuroimaging techniques such as MRI, ERP, TMS, and fNIRS are combined with classic lesion studies to address the neurobiological bases of typical and atypical language processing.

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