PSYC 324
Great Debates in Cognition Spring 2018
Division II
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The field of cognition is filled with controversies about how the mind really works. For example, is there sufficient evidence for a system in vision that can become aware of things without actually “seeing” them? Is it necessary to assume that babies come into the world armed with innate linguistic knowledge? Are humans inherently rational? Can we make inference about the mind using neuroimaging? These debates, and others that we will consider, help fuel scientific discovery in cognition in interesting ways. In this class, we will consider some of these contemporary debates, weigh evidence on both sides, and discuss the implications for what we know about the mind.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will meet in pairs with the instructor for an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3968
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly papers and oral arguments
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PSYC 221 or 222 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors and Cognitive Science concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: COGS Interdepartmental Electives
PSYC Area 2 - Cognitive Psychology

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