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Courses and tutorials listed through CBD present multiple perspectives on issues surrounding the study of culture, mind/brain, and human development. CBD courses encourage discussion among disciplines, are offered at all levels of study, and may be co-taught by faculty from different schools. Students may use these courses toward a concentration in CBD.

CBD also provides funding for faculty to develop new courses and to augment current courses. Scroll down for examples (some of these courses may be offered again in the future).

Courses Developed or Augmented with CBD funds:


  • CS/CSI 150: Life and Death: Conversations and Questions Across Disciplines, Daniel Altshuler and Pamela Stone
  • CS 101: Food 101, Steve Weisler
  • CS/NS/SS 105: Developmental Psychopathology: Culture, Brain, and Development, Jane Couperus
  • CS109: Cognition and Society, Karen Danna
  • CS 111: The Emergence of Literacy, Melissa Burch
  • CS 118: The Emotions, Laura Sizer
  • CS/CSI 150: Life and Death: Conversations and Questions Across Disciplines, Daniel Altshuler and Pamela Stone
  • CS 215: Ways of Seeing: The Sociocognitive Bases of Perception, Karen Danna
  • CS 219: Time, History, and Memory, Karen Danna
  • CS 279: Cognition and Behavior in Domesticated Animals, Mark Feinstein
  • CS 285: Evolution of the Human Mind and Brain, Charles Ross and Neil Stillings
  • CS 333: Temporal Interpretation of Narrative Discourse, Daniel Altshuler
  • CS/HACU 181: Music in Culture and Nature, Mark Feinstein and Jay Pillay
  • CS/SS 163: Consumption and Happiness, Melissa Burch and Omar Dahi
  • CS/SS 370: Brain, Mind, and Culture, Neil Stillings and Barbara Yngvesson
  • CS/SS 185: Consuming Childhood, Melissa Burch and Rachel Conrad
  • CSI 207: What's So Funny? Humor, Culture, Cognition, and the Brain, Karen Danna
  • HACU 213: New French Philosophy, Christoph Cox
  • HACU 250: Introduction to Modern Buddhism: Orientalism, Buddhist Psychotherapy, and the Brain Activity of Tibetan Monks, Ryan Bongseok Joo
  • HACU 254: Still Photography Workshop II: Color, Jacqueline Hayden
  • HACU/SS 272: Altered States, Michelle Bigenho and Bethany Ogden
  • HACU 310: Black Aesthetics: Art, Race, Nation and the Global, Monique Roelofs
  • IA 226: Crossing Lines: Disturbing Landscapes of Racialized Difference, Jill Lewis
  • NS 154: CBD Tutorial: Science of Stress, Cynthia Gill
  • NS 254: Culture and Biology, Alan Goodman and Lynn Morgan
  • NS 283: Basic Physics: Quantum Mechanics, Herb Bernstein
  • NS 146/346: Microscopy and Modeling, Megan Dobro
  • NS/CS 384: Stress Across Cultures, Cynthia Gill
  • SS 243: Interrogating Fear: Bioterrors, the Environment and the Construction of Threats, Betsy Hartman
  • SS 298: Development Seminar, Rachel Conrad

Recent CBD Courses (visit TheHub for additional information):

  • CS-102T Biological Evolution in the Public Sphere: S. Hameed
  • CS 104T Cognitive Science Fiction: J. Davila
  • CS-111 The Emergence of Literacy: M. Burch
  • CS 114 Introduction to Philosophy: J. Westphal
  • CS 117T Philosophy of Education: E. Alleva
  • CS 123 Introduction to Psychological Science: R. Rosenberg
  • CS 131 Technologies of Mediatization: J. Miller
  • CS 134 Brain and Cognition: J. Morris
  • CS136 Cognitive Psychology: J. Morris
  • CS 141 The Social Psychology of Building Peach in the Context of Violent Intergroup Conflict: R. Steele
  • CS 176 Discovering Rules in an Extinct Language: Sound Patterns of Osage: D. Altshuler
  • CS 207 Infant and Child Development: R. Rosenberg
  • CS 208 How People Learn: T. Zimmerman
  • CS 263 Artificial Intelligence: L. Spector
  • CS 278 Freewill and Determination: J. Westphal
  • CS 285 Evolution of the Human Mind and Brain, Charles Ross and Neil Stillings
  • CS 338 Current Issues in Cognitive Science: M. Feinstein
  • CS 345 Research Seminar in Linguistics and Philosophy: Performative Utterances: D. Altshuler
  • NS 104 Optics and Holography: F. Wirth
  • NS 121 Human Biology: C. Jarvis
  • NS 158 Brain Mechanisms: C. Gill
  • NS 221 Animal Physiology: C. Gill
  • NS 242 Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives: F. Aulino
  • NS 262 Biochemistry: J. Castorino
  • NS 386 New Ways of Knowing: H. Bernstein
  • CSI 124 Ethnographies of Power and the Power of Ethnography: L. Keough
  • CSI 170 Minding Culture: In the Case of Mental Illness: M. Mattei
  • CSI 173/HACU 173 Sex, Science, and the Victorian Body: P. Stone and L. Sanders
  • CSI 190T Art/Artifact: African Art and Material Culture: R. Engmann
  • CSI 195 Population and Development: Crisis, Controversy, and the Politics of Coercion: A. Hendrixson
  • CSI 214 "People Without History:" Historical Archaeologies of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora: R. Engmann
  • CSI 272 Critical Psychology: P. Gilford
  • CSI 286 Postcolonial Feminist Science Studies: J. Hamilton and A. Willey
  • CSI 356 Special Topics in Childhood, Youth, and Learning: An Integrative Seminar: K. Luschen
  • HACU 120 The Anatomy of Pictures: L. Falk
  • HACU 121T The Body in Modern and Contemporary Art: S. Levine
  • HACU 140 Writing from the Diaspora: Readings in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: A. Ellis
  • HACU 165 Seeing Ourselves: C. Nolasco
  • HACU 191 Feminist Philosophy: the Mysterious, the Playful, the Funny, the Useless, the Intimate, and the Indifferent: M. Roelofs
  • HACU 229 The Aesthetics of “Social Engagement”: E. Gottesman
  • HACU 269 Translations and Translators: A Workshop on Cross-Cultural Encounters: N. Holland and P. Barskova
  • HACU 272 Dance and Culture: The Power of Dance: D. Lowell
  • HACU 292 The Bioapparatus: L. Falk
  • HACU 293 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Digital Age: S. Loza
  • HACU 332 Text, Image, Culture, Structure: HACU Research Seminar: K. Koehler

Past Courses

  • CS 123T: Adolescent Development: Culture, Brain, and Development, J. Couperus
  • CSI 123T: Rethinking Childhood, R. Conrad
  • NS 124T: Tutorial: HIV/AIDS 30 Years Later, M. Dobro
  • CS 133: Introduction to Social Psychology, T. Cain
  • NS 137T: Sex, Death, and Teeth: Life Stories Recorded in Teeth, A. Goodman
  • NS 154: The Science of Stress, C. Gill
  • CSI 162: Bodies, Guts, and Bones: A Biocultural Approach to Diet and Nutrition, P. Stone
  • CSI 190: Understanding Culture and Power: an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology,  L. Keough
  • CSI 204: Ways of Knowing in the Social Sciences, K. Chang
  • CS 208: Qualitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, T. Cain
  • CSI 218: Bioethics in a Post-Genomic Age, J. Hamilton
  • CS 233: Abnormal Psychology: Culture, Brain, and Development, J. Couperus
  • CS 245: Minds, Brain, and Machines: The Fifty Key Ideas, N. Stillings
  • CSI 250: Critical Ethnography, K. Luschen
  • CSI 266: Who Owns Culture?, M. Bigenho
  • CS 287: Evolution of Artificial Neural Networks, J. Davila
  • CSI 310: Buddhism and Psychotherapy, P. Gilford and R. Joo
  • CS 335: Seminar in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, N. Stillings
  • CSI 365: Childhood, Youth and Learning: Division III Seminar, R. Conrad


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