Who We Are

The Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA) is an undergraduate organization at UC Berkeley. Our mission is 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 We Do

The CSSA regularly coordinates academic events such as guest lectures and information sessions; plans social events like professor-student dinners and cog sci themed gatherings; and works with cognitive science faculty and university officials to provide assistance for students. Additionally, the CSSA teaches its own decal on research methodology, has an academic outreach program, and organizes the annual California Cognitive Science Conference.

How to Get Involved

There are no formal requirements for membership. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Come to our weekly general meetings: Mondays at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in 442 Stephens.

  • Come to our weekly internal meetings to get more involved in planning and other behind the scenes work. (442 Stephens, 6-7 on Mondays--right before General!)

  • Get involved in our educational outreach program. More info here.

  • Help plan our annual conference by joining one of the planning committees (spring semester only).

  • Join one of our mailing lists to receive updates about the club. Join here.

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 above 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 do a concentration in one of these disciplines, letting them focus their studies on a specific aspect(s) within cognitive science. The only requirement for a concentration is having taken three elective courses within the specific discipline. However, the Berkeley campus has numerous labs and research opportunities so students can explore their interests further and get involved in the research process. Details on labs and coursework can be found here.