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Cognitive Science
CGSC 1001
Deirdre Kelly

CGSC 1001B Mysteries of the Mind Syllabus WINTER 2014, Monday and Wednesday, 2:35-3:55PM Location: Unicentre 231 Course title: Mysteries of the Mind Department: Institute of Cognitive Science (2201 Dunton Tower) Course number (including section letter): CGSC 1001B Instructor's name; office location & phone; email address; office hours: Deirdre Kelly 2205 Dunton Tower Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesday 4:15-5:15 or by appointment TA name; office location(s) & phone; email addresses; office hours: Ehsan Amjadian Email: [email protected] Evan Houldin Email: [email protected] Heather Douglas Email: [email protected] Course newsgroup, web site address, etc. if applicable: CULearn will be used for access to the course syllabus, lecture slides, marks, and other course material. It is important to regularly check in to CULearn for course updates and other information. Course description: -- content, aims, objectives: This course is designed to build an understanding of “mind” in humans, animals, and machines using the varied disciplines of cognitive science (psychology, philosophy, computer science, linguistics, and neuroscience). The first half of the course considers general mind capacities including memory, learning, emotion, problem solving and language. The second half of the course utilizes these concepts to tackle integrated mind topics including artificial intelligence, animal cognition, morality, the evolution of mind and the mind’s development. Guest speakers: Throughout the semester there will be a few guest speakers who are invited to give short talks during the lecture. The speaker that day will have experience working within the field of cognitive science that is the lecture topic that day and will offer their expertise as well as insights as to the kind of work that is being done in their area. Texts: (required, supplementary, on Reserve, other): There is no text book for this course. Page 1 of 7 All required readings are available online through the Carleton Library journal services, MIT CogNet (MITECS), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Scholarpedia and other online sources. Please note reading sources are as indicated in the course calendar. Evaluation: Marks will be based on the marks from three exams, two midterms and a final (30%, 30% and 40%). All exams will be multiple-choice. Students must complete all exams unless there is a legitimate excuse (see missed exams). Exam questions will be drawn from both course readings and in class lectures. The first midterm will be in class on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The second will be in class on Wednesday, March 12, 2012. The date, time, and place of the final exam will be announced as it becomes available, but will occur during the April final exam period (April 11-26, 2014). Missed Exams: Students are expected to complete exams on the day indicated in the course calendar. In the case of a medical excuse, missed exams must be accompanied by a doctor’s note. There will be no make-up exams for those missed. The weight of a missed midterm will go onto the final cumulative exam and the final exam will be worth 70%. Course Calendar: (occasionally calendar readings may be changed if necessary) Date Topic Assigned readings Jan. 6 Course No readings overview Mind myths Jan. 8 What is a Mind overview (MITECS): mind? Mind-body problem (Scholarpedia): Functionalism (MITECS): Simon, H., & Kaplan, C. (1989). The Foundations of Cognitive Science (Ch.1) Ed. Jan. 13Cognitive Michael Posner (MITECS): science: An interdisciplinar y approach Jan. 15Memory Memory MITECS: Page 2 of 7 Gestalt Principles (Scholarpedia): Jan. 20Perception: What we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste and how we make mistakes Jan. 22Language: Are Language (Scholarpedia): we born with Nativism (MITECS): it? Poverty of Stimulus (MITECS): Jan. 27Consciousnes Nagel, T. (1974). What Is It Like to Be a Bat?.The Philosophical Review , 83,. s: What is it 435-450 like to be? Imagination (SEP): Jan. 29Imagination and Creativity Creativity (MITECS): Feb. 3 Emotion Emotion (MITECS): Feb. 5 Reasoning, Decision Making (MITECS): Decision making, and Problem solving (MITECS): Problem Solving No readings Feb. 10How do we learn? No Readings Feb. 12Midterm 1 Feb. 24Evolution of Nesse, R., & Ellsworth, P. (2009). Evolution, emotions, and emotional disorders. Mind American Psychologist, 64, 129-139. Evolutionary Psychology (SEP): Page 3 of 7 Feb. 26Mind and Religion Ideas and Practices (MITECS): Religion erefs/mitecs/lawson.html Magic and Superstition (MITECS): erefs/mitecs/rozin.html Prinz, J. (2008) Mar. 3 Are we born good? Mar. 5 Mind and Greene, J., Cushman, F., Stewart, L., Loewenberg, K., Nystrom, L. & Co
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