Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology (formerly called Social and Cognitive Neuroscience) is a specialized track within the Psychology concentration, and is one of the major paths toward bridging the social and life sciences at Harvard. The track reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of this mind science, emphasizing integration across the sub-disciplines within psychology (social psychology, cognitive psychology, development, psychopathology) as well as connections between psychology and the other life sciences.
Students in this track have the opportunity to study the interplay between traditional interests in psychology such as vision, memory, language, emotion, intergroup relations, and psychological disorders, and recent developments in neuroscience and evolutionary science.
To support this learning, the track will provide a strong foundation of basic knowledge in psychology and the life sciences, as well as analytical, quantitative, and research skills these sciences employ. Students will also take more advanced courses in psychology and neuroscience and can choose to conduct research in one of over 25 laboratories in the Department of Psychology.
Freshmen who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology Track in the Psychology concentration are advised to take at least the following two types of courses:
An introduction to psychology (offered fall and spring term). The first course you should take in psychology is Science of Living Systems 20: Psychological Science. This course will meet the General Education requirement in Science of Living Systems andcount toward the Introductory Course requirement and Foundational Course prerequisites for Psychology.
Life and Physical Sciences A or Life Sciences 1a (fall term) or Life Sciences 1b (spring term). Students in the Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology track are required to take one of these three courses, and may choose to take two or three of them to fulfill concentration requirements. LPS A will only count if taken BEFORE LS 1a.
In addition, students should peruse the list of faculty research interests to gain an understanding of the areas of research that may be of special interest if they are interested in working in a lab.
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