We asked some current Queen's students why they chose to study Cognitive Science. Here's what they said...
"...cognitive science seems to be the greatest compromise between psychology, computing and philosophy. I like the flexibility that such a multidisciplinary subject can offer.
...the most stimulating aspect of cognitive science is that it is such a new science. It is exciting to think that in the future I can be part of a collective effort to reach a greater understanding of intelligence, hence a greater understanding of humanity."
"I was so astonished to discover that the scientific community was actually concerned with the phenomenon of consciousness that, from that point on, I did my utmost to skew every major independent project to the ends of studying consciousness, cognition and artificial intelligence. It seemed as though the more I read, the more engrossed I became in the field.
This year and in the years to come, I invite the challenges and the rewards of studying the science that has captured my interest and my imagination."
"I have chosen Cognitive Science as my major mainly due to a Canadian author called William Gibson. Gibson's demonstration of intelligent computer systems has developed an entire culture that I have been absorbed in to."
"...I've always had a fascination in the aspects of the mind, as well as a general fascination in computers as well. Cognitive science seemed to take those two things and mold them together..."
"The human brain is still a mystery to man, and this is what intrigued me."
"It is so interesting to think about how people think and behave, and whether we can ever replicate those processes with a machine. It is exciting to be learning about a field that is so new and full of possibilities."
"I am interested in reverse-engineering the mind."