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University of Toronto St. George
Cognitive Science
John Vervaeke

COG 250 Sept 10 2012 Office: SS 4093 Office Hours: Mon2-5 416 478-7306 [email protected] (when emailing , put course code in subject line) Oct 22 (Test 10%) @Alumni hall 400 st 1 test format -answer6/10 questions MC -short essay answer questions: describe terms, relevancy to debates, issues, and arguments, how and why, insightful original criticism/connection extra marks Research Essay APA Format (no abstract, running head) -alphabetized reference list -st 1 term (15%) Nov 20th 1 essay: given essay topics, come up with a specific thesis -argumentative essay (persuasive) -critically assess thesis using other sources -consider potential counter arguments -2000 words( cannot be below 50 words or above) -must get articles from peer reviewed processes -cog sci journals, neuroscience journals, philosophy journals, psych etc. 2ndterm Mar 25 2ndessay (25%): come up with topic and thesis alone -3000 words -philosophically oriented Test Jan 21 (different format) @Alumni hall nd 2 test format Section 1 -terms and phrases (similar to 1 test) Section 2 -Argumentative Essay -integrate different lecture materials -allowed to refer to shrt answers from section 1 Lateness: Email essay to prof if unavailable to hand in the day of (must still provide hard copy, whether in SS mailbox or personal late penalty applies) th 4 floor of SS must get it stamped Office closes 5 pm What is COG sci? -Psychology, Neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics 2 visions regarding cog sci 1. Generic Nominalism -claims that the various disciplines shouldn’t conform in any way but problem is that you cant study the mind through only one way -Human being’s cognition is between brain and world and brain and other minds -separate branches of cognition interconnected (behaviour, neuroscience, culture) 2. Interdisciplinary eclecticism (can devolve in to generic Nom. Or evolve to synoptic) -sharing of ideas but no integration between disciplines -(ex. Religious conferences) *problem: unstable, people will lose interest and devolve back to generic nom. OR *insights become transformative to each discipline and therefore 3. Synoptic Integration Abstract philosophy to specific detail an
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