What is cognitive science

What is cognitive science

What is thinking How do attention, perception, awareness and language in people? How can you use this knowledge to design technical systems that have similar capabilities? In the early semesters, the technical, psychological and biological basics are taught in order to link them with one another in the higher semesters and to clarify these questions.

Cognitive Science is a relatively young branch of science with the aim of researching cognitive skills. These skills include perception, motor skills, learning, memory, problem solving, thinking and language. Cognitive science is understood as an interdisciplinary science between computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. A particularly important aspect is the computer simulation of cognitive and neural processes as well as the formalized formation of theories of these processes."(University description)

Are you interested in the subject of cognitive science and what career prospects does it offer? On the official website of the University of Tübingen you will find initial information about the subject and also a few examples of possible occupational fields: Link. In our alumni area (see menu above) you will find testimonials from former cogni students.

Many want to study cognitive science because their high school graduation was not enough for psychology and they see this as an alternative to studying psychology. Although there are thematic overlaps, there are two very different courses.

The proportion of computer science and mathematics in particular is often underestimated. It is also not possible for you to switch to psychology via cognitive science if you are not admitted through the normal selection process.

Of course, you gain a lot of freedom when you start your studies (no compulsory attendance in lectures, your own time management, in higher semesters specializing in the subjects you like). However, a clever person already said “A lot of power also means a lot of responsibility” (quote missing). Computer science and mathematics make up a large part of your studies, especially at the beginning. As a rule, you can expect weekly exercises here, in which you often have to achieve a certain percentage in order to be admitted to the exam. Most of the time this is done with an exercise partner, which means that there is no getting around partner work. Experience has shown that teamwork in your studies can help you go further than alone. The time required for the exercise sheets should not be underestimated either, but this contributes positively to exam preparation and gives you some breathing space in the stressful examination phase.

In order to bring a bit of variety to the exam phase, you can also expect homework on a wide range of topics in cognitive science in some lectures.

Research seminars and the team project provide initial practical experience. Here you can plan and implement exciting projects in psychology or computer science with fellow students.

Above all, you can expect great people in the cognitive studies, a beautiful Tübingen with grass and lawns in the botanical garden and punt trips on the Neckar.

In principle, no specific previous knowledge is required. Everything you need to know for the respective subjects is explained in the courses. This also means, for example, that you do not need to have programming skills to study cognition. However, the pace is a lot faster than in school, which means that you should stay on the ball from the start. In addition to being able to grasp things quickly, diligence will of course also help you. A good command of English is also an advantage, as you will have to read some scientific articles, which are usually written in English.

From the fourth semester onwards, you can attend lectures and seminars in the elective areas that really interest you. Many use this to specialize in a focus, e.g. psychology, statistics, linguistics or computer science. The interdisciplinarity also allows you a wide range of choices when choosing your Bachelor thesis.

You can find all information about the application on the official university website

Since many events in the first semesters overlap with the * computer science courses, you could consider starting one of these courses. The transition to the cognitive course in a higher semester could then be easier. You can enroll in computer science and take cognitive science as a minor. If you have collected enough cogni-relevant ECTS and there are places available in cognitive science, you can try to switch after a few semesters. Your Abi grades are no longer important for this. However, nobody can guarantee that you will get a place. So far, however, it has mostly worked out quite well.

In the first semester you usually write between 5 and 6 exams at the end of the semester. In the higher semesters there are fewer, so homework or minutes have to be written. Since university exams can be very extensive compared to school (sometimes 900 slides per exam), it is worthwhile to start learning 4-6 weeks before the start of the exam phase. The phrase “I learned more for a university exam than for the whole Abitur” is a popular one in the first semester. But don't let that put you off, it's worth it and everyone is in the same boat.

For the events from the various areas (computer science at the Morgenstelle, psychology in the valley) you usually have to go to the corresponding institute building or one of the lecture hall centers in the city or at the Morgenstelle. Therefore, you will have to drive around often, whether by bus or bike (beware of the hills) is up to you. That is why there is probably no ideal residential area for cognitive scientists in Tübingen. Of course, the old town is always a good choice due to its central location, but there are also good apartments and dormitories in the other parts of the city.

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