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Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

MInd, Brain, and Behavior


Sven Anderson (coordinator), Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, Lianne Habinek, John Halle, Arseny Khakhalin, Kristin Lane, Keith O’Hara, Frank M. Scalzo, S. Rebecca Thomas, Michael Tibbetts, Kritika Yegnashankaran


The Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) concentration seeks to understand how humans, animals, and robots are able to acquire, represent, and use knowledge. The discipline combines the insights from several other fields, including computer science, psychology, linguistics, animal behavior, genetics, neuroscience, and philosophy, to work toward an understanding of the brain, mind, and conscious experience. The MBB concentration is a secondary field of study that requires a student to complete a major in a primary discipline.


If possible, Moderation into Mind, Brain, and Behavior should take place simultaneously with Moderation into the primary program. To moderate, students must complete Foundations of Mind, Brain, and Behavior (Computer Science 131) and one course from each of two of the following disciplines: biology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. At least one member of the Moderation board must be a member of the core MBB faculty. To graduate, students must complete the course requirements for their primary program; “clusters” consisting of three courses from approved lists in two of the five disciplines that contribute to MBB; Mind, Brain, and Behavior Seminar(Computer Science 308), which is typically taken during the second semester of the junior year; and a Senior Project on a topic relevant to MBB, as determined by the student’s Senior Project board.


The following courses, among others, fulfill the requirements for Moderation: in biology, Biology 141, Subcellular Biology; Biology 150, Evolution of Model Organisms; Biology 151, From Genes to Traits; in computation, Computer Science 143, Object-Oriented Programming with Robots; in psychology, Psychology 141, Introduction to Psychological Science; and in philosophy, Philosophy 247, Philosophy of Mind.