Spring 2023 - COGS 200 D100
Foundations in Cognitive Science (3)
Class Number: 6108
Delivery Method: In Person
An introduction to major empirical methods and theoretical frameworks for exploring the mind that examines some of the foundational debates that have fueled investigations over the past fifty years. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course illustrates how a convergence of ideas from psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science has led to deep explanations of a range of cognitive science topics.
This course is an in-depth introduction to the methods and theoretical frameworks for exploring the mind. It introduces students to some of the major results in cognitive science and fleshes out several of the foundational debates that have fueled investigations in the past fifty years. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course illustrates how a convergence of ideas from psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science has led to deep explanations of human cognitive capacities, as well as clarified some research questions that are being actively investigated today. Though the field is broad, we will build foundations by focusing on two theoretical perspectives, namely symbolic-computational and connectionist theories, and five core areas: learning, language, rationality, object processing, and concepts.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Learn the facts surrounding cognitive capacities for language, objects, concepts, and thought.
Analyze cognitive processes using symbolic computational and connectionist architectures.
Critically assess theoretical accounts of human cognition.
- Participation: 10%
- Quizzes on Canvas: 10%
- Article summary: 20%
- Article critique: 20%
- Article presentation: 20%
- Take home final: 20%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Supplemental material provided by instructor on Canvas.
Bermudez, J. L. (2022). Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind (4th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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