Courses we Teach

We teach both upper-division undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D. level) courses on topics related to consciousness, perception, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary game theory, and the nature of reality. 

Consciousness and the Brain

Courses taught this academic year include undergraduate classes on Consciousness & the Brain (Psych 169) and Deep learning & Artificial Intelligence (Psych 149). as well as graduate courses on the Nature of Reality (Psych 289), and Computational Models of Consciousness. 

Consciousness is a broad and diverse field of study comprising a range of distinct topics.  Some of the topics we discuss in our courses include:

  • Theories of Consciousness
  • Can a Machine be Conscious?
  • Split-Brain Patients
  • Damaged Brains
  • Consciousness in Infants
  • Animal Consciousness
  • Lucid Dreams
  • Evolution and Consciousness

Prospective Graduate Students

We invite students interested in the study of conscious systems to consider applying to the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are.  If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong...The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. 

- Richard P. Feynman

There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry.  There is no place for dogma in science.  The Scientist is free and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. 

- J. Robert Oppenheimer