What is CSSA?

The CSSA is an undergraduate organization at UC Berkeley, aiming to support and enrich the academic life of anyone interested in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science.

We strive to build a sense of community for those passionate about cognitive science and provide them with valuable opportunities for personal, academic, and career development.

What do we do?

We regularly coordinate academic events such as guest lectures and information sessions; plan social events like student-teacher dinners and cog sci themed gatherings; work with cog sci faculty and students to provide assistance for students.

Additionally, CSSA has an academic outreach program, and organizes the annual CSSA Conference.

What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the brain and mind. It uses fields such as neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, social cognition, and others to try to shed light on how the mind works.

At UC Berkeley, it entails taking classes in the six disciplines listed below and integrating this knowledge for a more holistic approach towards solving fundamental problems pertaining to the nature of mind. Solving such problems relies on aspects of all these disciplines, making cognitive science an essential framework for discovering these solutions.

The program at UC Berkeley also allows students to take electives in any of these disciplines, letting them focus their studies on a specific aspect(s) within cognitive science if they choose to. The Berkeley campus also has numerous labs and research opportunities so students can explore their interests further and get involved in the research process.

We are a student group acting independently of the University of California. We take full responsibility for our organization and this web site.