PSYE211 Cognitive Science, Part 1


This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science and its participating disciplines: psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and their methodologies. It provides a comprehensive overview of topics related to the information-processing mechanisms of the brain, including perception, attention, memory, conceptual knowledge, and emotions. Through the discussion of various experimental paradigms and theories, knowledge of these basic cognitive processes is then applied in understanding higher mental processes such as problem-solving, risk evaluation and decision-making. The course involves students in active learning practices, including critical reading, discussion, and experimental design.

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Psychology (in English)


Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Asst. Prof. Armine Janyan, PhD
Assist. Prof. Evgenia Hristova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Penka Hristova, PhD
Asst. Prof. Kiril Kostov, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• the organization of basic cognitive functions from an information processing perspective;

• basic concepts of cognitive science;

• theories of cognition from diverse fields of study;

• methodologies and experimental findings in the study of cognition.

2) will be able to:

• critically read, understand and question the literature on cognitive science;

• design experiments to test theories of human cognition.


Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. What is Cognitive Science?
  2. Basic functional anatomy of the brain
  3. Perception
  4. Attention
  5. Language comprehension
  6. Language production
  7. Language and brain lateralization
  8. Short-term memory and working memory
  9. Long-term memory
  10. Midterm exam
  11. Learning and categorization
  12. Emotions and decision-making
  13. Analogical thinking
  14. Oral presentations and discussion
  15. Oral presentations and discussion


• Friedenberg, J., Silverman, G. (2012). Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind. SAGE.

• Goldstein, B. (2018). Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience, 5thEdition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

• Reisberg, D. (2005). Cognition (3rd ed.). W. W. Norton & Co.

• Thagard, P. (2005). Mind. 2nd Edition. Cambridge, Ma: MIT Press.


• 3 short tests – 30%

• Midterm exam – 30%

• Oral presentation – 40%