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What can I do in the summer to prepare for computer science classes that go towards a cognitive science degree with no present programming knowledge - Parkers Legacy

What can I do in the summer to prepare for computer science classes that go towards a cognitive science degree with no present programming knowledge

I can give you directions, however I can not draw a fine map for you.Some departments focus on Lisp on their must courses and some focus on Python.More importantly though you need to learn how algorithms work, and pick up one language that will help you in your area of interest.

I’m more focused on connectivism & neuroscience part of cognitive science, and as a person I prefer to learn practical tools.My suggestions will be on this line of thought.Python is a good language to pick up, you will be able to use Nengo with it, pick up high and low level machine learning algorithms and do Natural Language Processing (NLP) with Gensim, Spacy, and NLTK packages.

It is a tool that will allow you to work in multiple areas.However please take note, some professors might prefer Matlab or Java.You might also want to read Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing, it will allow you to carry algorithms into your general thinking processes.

In order to learn Python, I can suggest Python for Everybody, it is a free book and has a corresponding Coursera course specialization which you can also get for free.You should however, draw a road map for yourself and when you have time you should look into courses and their syllabuses.Course syllabuses will allow you to have more insight and time to learn more than basic programming.

You might want to read a bit on Philosophy of Cognitive Science, or download a few papers and do some preliminary reading about Thinking and Reasoning.In case you might need there is also research methods and statistics, learning them is always a plus.