Introduction to Cognitive Science

Thursday, February 22, 2024 to Sunday, February 25, 2024

Event Time

China Standard Time:
Thursday, February 22; Friday, February 23; Saturday, February 24; Sunday, February 25
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Participation Format


*Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing’s staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.


  • Four 90-minute online lecture and discussion sessions (a total of 6 hours) over four days

* Those who attend all of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.

The language of the event will be English.   



  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in cognitive science / psychology (Recommendation: be at least 14 years old)
  • English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions

Registration Components:

  • One “fast take” response about why this program interests you (in English, 140 characters or under)
  • OPTIONAL: English fluency test scores (IELTS or SSAT or SAT or TOEFL or Duolingo)

*Registration is subject to approval. Participants do not need to take an English fluency test to qualify for the program.


  • Early Bird (by January 28): RMB 3,999 
  • Group Discount Price (at least two persons): RMB 4,288 per person
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 5,999

*The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. Unless due to a force majeure reason, Yale Center Beijing will not refund any part of the registration fee if a participant fails to attend the event.


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The Program 

The goal of cognitive science — and of this program — is to understand how your mind works.  Trying to understand our own minds is perhaps the most ambitious and exciting (and difficult) project in all of science, and this project requires tools drawn from fields including experimental psychology, computer modeling and artificial intelligence, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, and behavioral economics (among others).

This program will introduce you to several of the foundational tools and theories from these areas, as they relate to the study of the mind. We will employ these perspectives while exploring the nature of ... *you* — focusing on parts of you such as perception, attention, language, and decision-making. In sum, this program will expose you to cognitive science, the assumptions on which it rests, and several of the most important and fascinating discoveries that the field has made so far. By the end of our time together, you should have gained important new insights into what you are and how you work!


  • Introducing Your Mind: A whirlwind tour of some of the most important assumptions and discoveries of the field;
  • What's Within: The nature and nurture of the 'mental organs' that make up who you are;
  • My Brain Made Me Do It: How your mind relates to your brain;
  • The Science of Visual Awareness: Several reasons why what (and how) you see is more fascinating than you think!



Brian Scholl
Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program, Yale University

Brian Scholl is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University, where he also directs the Perception & Cognition Laboratory. At Yale he has also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Cognitive Science, and has great fun teaching the 'Introduction to Cognitive Science' course. Before coming to Yale, he received a B.A. in Computer Science from Carleton College, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Rutgers (working with Zenon Pylyshyn), and did postdoctoral work at the Harvard Vision Sciences Laboratory (working with Ken Nakayama).


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