Cognitive PsychologyHow do we know what we know? What if it isn't so? Does our biology play a part in our comprehension of our world? How about reason and memroy? Language must surely play a part oin our intelligence and how we think, mustn't it? These are only a few questions which are addressed in this class.
A note of caution:
Your English language skills, both written and spoken, should be at a level of proficiency that is consistent with an upper division college level course. Make no mistake about this. You are expected to perform at the level of a sophmore or junior in any four year university in the United States. (The usual time span when this class is attemped). You may not pass if your language is not at this level. If you feel that you need some extra help in this area, my advice is to take a lower level english skills course for one quarter before attempting cognitive Psychology. This is a difficult course at any institution, no matter who teaches it. There is a large quantity of information that you are expected to master. The baseline will not be lowered in this regard, no matter the reason. Let me know if I can aid you with this goal.
For September 15th:
The lyrics of the song Become You by the Indigo Girls are interesting in their ambigiuty. Read the lyrics and create a connectionist model of what the ultimate message may be. Be as careful as possible with this, as you will be turning it in, it will be graded turned back to you and you will use it as the foundation for one of your assignents.. Feel free to color code, create graphics or whatever you need to do to present a clean model.
For September 22nd:
Guest Speaker, Dr. Jeremy Ball
Read, print, and bring to class Descates' Meditations 1 and 2. (The URL takes you to an index page for all 6 mediataions--)
For September 29th
I was ill
For October 6th:
Please read the assignment entitled Attenuated Patterns and come to class prepared wth questions. Also please read your text Chapters 2,and 3.
for Ocotber 13th:
Attenuated Patterns is due this night. Please read chapters 4 and 5.
November 3rd - Paiget and Gender.
November 17th Guest Speaker: Dr. James Clifford of NASA
please read the following newsletter announcement about Dr. Clifford. Feel free to form questions about any or all of his research.
Features Cog 1 Due 9/22
Attenuated Patterns due 10/13
Mnemonics due 11/03
reasoning in space due 12/02