Introduction to Cognition and the Brain is a 4-unit introductory class in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. This class was first taught by Lera Boroditsky in Spring 2006. It was taught again by the same instructor in Winter 2007.


Psych 1 is recommended. That means you don't need Psych1 before taking Psych 55, but some concepts will not be readily understandable to you. The class will not go over basic psychology experimental design, but it will go straight to the topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Topics coveredEdit

visual system, auditory system, perception, memory, emotion, decision making, problem-solving, language, linguistic relativity, mental imagery, consciousness, and mirror neurons.


Boroditsky is a great professor. The lectures are very interesting and engaging. The textbook is concise and clear. Like other typical psychology classes, you have to do a lot of reading, but the tests are not too difficult. This class provides a decent background in cognitive psychology.