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Taught at Haverford College (2023-2024) and Northwestern University (2018-2020)

Language & Thought

2019, 2023

Language is a signature of human cognition: a rich and flexible method of communicating our most complex thoughts. An intellectual tradition stretching from Ancient Greek philosophers to present-day scientists proposes that language is what makes us human. This class will examine the fundamental question: What is language’s role in human cognition? Drawing on research from psychology, as well as cognitive science, linguistics, and occasionally neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, and animal cognition, we will ask questions like whether our language(s) change the way we see colors, categorize objects, experience emotions, and understand time.


Psychological Research Methods


In this course, you will become a practicing scientist and a thoughtful consumer of science. You will learn to ask and answer questions about the mind using the experimental and observational methods of psychologists. You will evaluate the methods and statistics of scientific papers, replicate another scientist's finding, and finally conduct your own experiment and present its findings.

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