Introduction to Cognitive Science
Psych/Ling 3005/ Phil 3310/ CSCI 3702

Fall 2011

Albert Kim
Office Phone: 303-492-8616 (2-8616 from on-campus phones)
Office Hours: Albert Kim: Tues: 1 - 2:30 or by appt., MUEN D356B

Martha Palmer E-mail:
Office Phone: 303-492-1300 (2-1300 from on-campus phones)
Office Hours: Martha Palmer: Tues 1-2, Thur 2:30-3:30 or by appt, Hellems 295

Time and Location: Tue/Thur 11 - 12:15, RAMY N1B23
Course Credit: 3 credit hours

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Theme: Welcome to Introduction to Cognitive Science.

Cognitive Science is inherently interdisciplinary. This course strengthens a student's ability to integrate methods and concepts outside his or her core discipline by enabling the student to interact with other Cognitive Science students from other core disciplines. Students will discuss, share knowledge, and gain expertise in the diverse content, issues, and practices that make up Cognitive Science, as they are introduced to core topics in Cognitive Science and work together on team projects.

Overview of Schedule

Aug 23 Introduction and Overview - Kim and Palmer
Aug 25, 30, Sep 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 Symbolic Representations, Grammars and Parsing - Palmer
M & C game
Sep 20, 22 Human Sentence Processing - Kim
Sep 27, 29, Oct 4, 6, 11 Semantics, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing - Palmer
Oct 7th Approved poster proposals for Nov 8 Session DUE!!
Oct 13 In Class Exam - Kim and Palmer
Oct 18, 20, 25, 27, Nov 1, 3 Brain and Language - Kim
Nov 8 Does Language Equal Thought? - Palmer
Nov 10 Computer Vision - Guest Lecture
Nov 15, 17 The Visual System - Kim
Nov 21 - Nov 25 Fall Break
Nov 29, Dec 1 The Visual System - Kim
Dec 6 Language Processing + Miscellaneous Poster Session
Dec 8 Cognitive Neuroscience + Miscellaneous Poster Session
Dec 12 FINAL EXAM 4:30pm

Readings: We have a textbook, and will also depend heavily on supplementary readings which will be available from the class 7:00 p.m. The final exam will act as a second mid-term exam NOTE: this exam was previously scheduled for Dec 6 but was moved to Dec 12. The exam will focus on the material covered since the first exam However, there will inevitably be some overlap with material from the first part of the semester. Wiki. They are divided into required and optional.

Conversations With Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature Of Thought And Language [Paperback],
by William H. Calvin and George A. Ojemann
ISBN-10: 0201483378
ISBN-13: 978-0201483376

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Assessment: Several components will be taken into consideration in determining your grade.

Exams (40%):
There will be two in-class exams at approximately 7 week intervals, for 20% each.
Class Participation (15%):
Each student is expected to attend regularly and participate actively in class discussion.
Quizzes and Homeworks (20%):
Each week there will be either a 10 minute weekly reading quizz on Thursday or a Homework assignment.
Research Topic Poster - Presentation and Critiques (25%):
Each student, or pair of students, will define (in consultation with a professor) a topic to be the subject of a Poster. The poster should take either a positive or a negative stance with respect to an issue covered in a classroom reading and suggest possible follow-on studies/experiments/readings/computational models that could further validate the position taken. The poster should be focused and visually engaging. It must be based on at least two reviewed publications in addition to classroom readings. The posters will be presented in one of two separate class poster sessions. The posters will be grouped by topic, and at least two other poster presenters in the same topic group will be asked to critique each student's poster. The student's grade will be based on both the student's own poster, his or her critques of at least two other posters, and the critiques his or her poster receives.

Syllabus Statements:

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