Topics in Cognitive Science
Fall 2008, Spring 2009
Time and Location: Friday, 12-2, MUEN D 430, ICS large conference room
Course Credit: 1 credit hour (6 talks) or 2 credit hours (12 talks)
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 and Friday 2-3, Hellems 295
Fall: Martha Palmer and
Spring: Tamara Sumner
Written critical review of each session: 40%
Participation in session discussion: 10%
Contribution to the online class discussion 20%
The intent of this course is to expose students to the breadth and
depth of current research issues in the field of Cognitive Science.
They will attend presentations of innovative
theories and methodologies of Cognitive Science that they will be expected to critically evaluate. Students participate
in the ICS Distinguished Speakers series that hosts internationally
recognized Cognitive Scientists who share and discuss their current
research. Session discussions include analysis of leading edge and
controversial new approaches in Cognitive Science
There are no pre-required courses. This course is now offered as
either one-unit or two-units. For one unit at least 6 talks must be
attended and reviewed. For two units 12 talks are necessary. It is
required to be taken for two semesters as a core requirement in the
Cognitive Science graduate certificate program and the joint
Ph.D. program. Students who enroll in this class must be enrolled in
one of the ICS Cognitive Science academic programs.
Each speaker will provide appropriate background reading (e.g, journal
articles, book chapters) and/or references to provide a grounding for
what they will be talking about in their colloquium. These materials
will be distributed to the students 1-2 weeks prior to the colloquium.
There is no formal exam for this course, but at the end of the
semester there will be an ICS colloquium centered around a
student-only discussion session which will figure into the grade.
Students are required to submit a 2 page, double spaced, critical
evaluation of each colloquium session. The content of this report
should identify the main theoretical viewpoint/hypothesis presented by
the speaker, discuss the degree to which it was presented in an
interdisciplinary format, and discuss the degree to which the evidence
presented provides support for the viewpoint provided.
Students will submit their critical reviews to an online class wiki,
to facilitate online group discussion of the sessions.
There will be a minimum of 12, 2 hour colloquia per semester. The
agenda for a given semester changes each year. The scheduled ICS
talks for this semester and for previous semesters can be found on the
ICS web page,
On the Fridays when there is no colloquium we will meet informally in
the small conference room to discuss the talks.
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religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or
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