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CGSC1001 Lecture 1

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Cognitive Science
CGSC 1001
Deirdre Kelly

What is Mind? What is the brain? - centre of the nervous system - frontal lobe: in charge of our executive processes, largest structure so have been associated with many disorders - parietal lobes: visuospatial processing, sense of touch and the sensations we get from touch, spatial attention and mapping, number representation -damage to this lobe causes loss on sensation/touch, sensory neglect (can only understand things from one side), slurred speech, reading/writing problems, loss of ability to count, - occipital lobe: responsible for vision; identifies where and what objects are -damage causes loss or limited vision -temporal lobe: recognition, perception (hearing, vision, smell), language, learning, memory - damage could result in lack of understanding of language -cerebellum: motor learning, balance coordination, reflex, timing, sequence learning - we do this things without having to think about it - damage causes lack of balance and coordination, tremors -brain stem: maintaining homeostasis (bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing, ect), sleep, alertness, balance, startle response What is the mind? -consciousness (being aware of sensations, feelings, thoughts), intentionality (propositional attitudes include desire, belief, intention; have a reason for being that way; aboutness/ our thoughts are always about something), self (id
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