Cognitive Science is a discipline which studies cognition as a form of information processing. It draws on such fields as cognitive and physiological psychology, philosophy, computer science, linguistics and neuroscience. The problems examined by cognitive scientists include the nature of perception and memory, the neural processes that are involved in complex capacities (for instance reasoning, language, knowledge, intelligence), and the computational techniques that can serve to model these capacities.
Cognitive science studies cognition from the point of view of information processing. It is an interdisciplinary field, in that it combines research from the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. An undergraduate major in cognitive science usually involves an introduction to the discipline itself, followed by "core" courses that introduce students to key theoretical issues, as well as by a series of courses in such disciplines as cognitive and physiological psychology, computer science, philosophy and linguistics. Topics of focus include language, perception, memory, and reasoning.
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