The School of Cognitive Science is associated with the following programs:
Culture, Brain, and Development Program:
The Program in Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) at Hampshire College explores the frontiers of culture, psychology, neuroscience, and biology to foster innovative learning and research into questions about the relationships among culture, environment, biology, and brain/mind that reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program:
Promotes critical thinking that entails examining childhood; child development; process of human learning; and educational theory and practice in the context of larger social structures; cultural and historical processes; and political economy.
The Hampshire College Lecture Series on Science and Religion:
Each year Hampshire College hosts a series of lectures on topics surrounding science and religion. Themes for the previous few years have included "Darwin and Evolution in the Muslim World," "Origins and the Meaning of Life," "A History of Conflict and Cooperation," and "The Science of Religion."
Five College Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience:
This certificate is designed to offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in the Five Colleges to deepen their understanding of cognitive neuroscience through theoretical and empirical training. The Five College Certificate in cognitive neuroscience program includes courses in research techniques, basic scientific foundations, neuroscience, philosophy, and cognition, combined with independent research. It brings together several related disciplines, each of which provides a different focus on mind-brain issues.
Women in Science:
Specific activities connected with the Women in Science Program have varied over the years and have included seminars by women scientists; informal gatherings; seeking funding for research support for student-faculty teams; college/school partnerships; and summer science camps on the Hampshire campus. It sponsored and ran two annual Day-In-the-Lab events for middle school students, one for girls and one for boys and girls from nearby urban school systems; Day-in-the-Lab ran for over twenty years.
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