Cognitive science recently emerged as the common denominator of a number of research disciplines.
Philosophy of mind, traditional experimental psychology, communication theory, systems theory, computer science, linguistics and neuroscience have all played important roles in the shaping of a consensus approach that is best described as a new discipline, cognitive science.
Some recent historical background of the different disciplines has to be outlined in order to build a platform of the converging fields. It is believed that the study of mental representations is the glue which brings all the research interests together. Accordingly, a special emphasis has to be put on the empirical, theoretical and philosophical status of the organization of representations in the human mind.
No specific requirements.
The course discusses 4 main topics:
1) general discussion of what cognitive science is
2) thinking and reasoning, with extra emphasis on the infant's object concepts and on rationality
3) perception, with an extra emphasis on the brain as a hypothesis-constucting-and-testing agent and on eye-movements
4) language, with an extra emphasis on optimality theory and language acquisition
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The lectures follows closely the chapters from 'What is cognitive science' by Ernest Lepore and Zenon Pylyshyn (1999, Blackwell Publishers):
- What's in your mind?
- The infant's object concept
- Rethinking Rationality
- Object representation and recognition
- Towards a semantics of perception
- The brain as a hypothesis-constructing-and-testing agent
- What Movements of the Eye tell us about the mind
- Impossible words
- Language comprehension
- Language acquisition
- Connectionist neuroscience
With respect to the final written exam: The first hour is open book. The next two hours are closed book. This part counts for 12 points.
With respect to the paper: the deadline for the paper is January 15 2010 for the first exam period, and august 15 2010 for the third exam period. If you miss the deadline, you receive no points for this part. This part counts for 6 points.
With respect to the discussion board: You have to post two messages and answer to two posts of another student. This part counts for 2 points.