COGS 493 Fall 2012 Senior Seminar: Cognitive Science

The goal of the cognitive science senior seminar is threefold. Firstly, we will revisit the foundations of cognitive research by reading some of the classics that established cognitive science as a field in the middle of the 20th century. Secondly, we will engage current research trends in cognitive studies by looking at work published in the last five years on cognitive neuroscience, embodied cognition, dynamic systems theory, empirical approaches to consciousness, and situated robotics. In addition to attending to the specific empirical details of this latter work, we will also discuss how current research elaborates, expands, and sharpens early conceptions of the domain and methodology of cognitive science. Our final goal will be the preparation of individual research papers by members of the class. These will be on topics determined in collaboration with the instructor. Students will be responsible for presentations on the assigned readings, and for the development of a final paper involving independent research.
Class Format: seminar or tutorial, depending on enrollment
Requirements/Evaluation: several short assignments, final paper, attendance and participation
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Prerequisites: permission of program chair
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Department Notes: primarily intended for and required of senior cognitive science concentrators, but open to juniors and seniors with permission of instructor
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Class Number: 1390
COGS493-01(F) HON Sr. Seminar: Cognitive Science Division 2: Social Studies Andrea Danyluk
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Physics 113 1390
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