COGM101 Foundations of Cognitive Science


The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the main assumptions, methods and research programs that define contemporary cognitive science as an interdisciplinary field of study.

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Cognitive Science (in English)


Prof. Lilia Gurova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Prof. Maurice Grinberg, PhD
Asst. Prof. Armine Janyan, PhD
Asst. Prof. Ivo Popivanov, PhD
Asst. Margarita Pavlova, PhD

Course Description:


On completion of the course students:

1) should know:

- the foundational ideas that define the subject of cognitive science;

- the main approaches to, and achievements in, the study of perception, action, memory, reasoning, concepts, language, consciousness and emotions;

- the current and emerging new research programs in the field.

2) should be capable:

- to critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and research programs in the study of cognition.

Proficiency in English at level В2.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:



A/ Main book

Frankish, K., Ramsey, W. (Eds.) (2012). The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

B/ Additional readings

Gardner, H. (1985). The Mind’s New Science. A History of the Cognitive Revolution. New York: Basic Books.

Topics in Cognitive Science. Vol.2, No3, 2010.

Wilson, R., Keil, F. C. (Eds.) (1999). The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


Grading Procedure:

20% - participation in group discussions;

40% - an essay about an important contribution to cognitive science made in the last 30 years (1500-2000 words);

40% - a 30 min ppt presentation on one of the topics 2-15.