Cognitive science may be defined as the interdisciplinary study of processes and capacities underlying intelligent behaviours in organisms and artefacts. Such processes and capacities include perception, learning, memory, thought, and language. The common denominator of all these phenomena is that they can be studied from the point of view of representing and processing information. As an interdisciplinary enterprise, cognitive science integrates areas of cognitive psychology, linguistics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, computer science, and philosophy.
In Helsinki, cognitive science is firmly based on naturalistic research methods such as psychophysiological experimentation, brain imaging and stimulation (EEG, MEG, fMRI, TMS), mathematical modelling, and analytical philosophy.
Studying Cognitive Science at the University of Helsinki
The Study Module comprises of courses in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive modelling, experimental courses, research methods and statistics, and analytical philosophy. The annual Curriculum contains selected courses from the Study Module (compulsory courses and selected optional courses subject to supply and demand). The language of teaching is English.
Teaching in Helsinki is research oriented. Beyond the compulsory introductory courses, the curriculum is quite flexible and can be tailored to suit individual needs and scientific interests.