Summer 2020 Cognitive Science classes offered remotely

April 14, 2020

COGSCI N1: Introduction to Cognitive Science - Class #: 13101 

Prerequisite / Lower Division Course for CogSci

Meets Social & Behavioral Sciences, L&S Breadth

  • 3 units

  • Taught by Linda Isaac 

  • Summer Session A: May 26 - July 2

  • TU, W, TH: 10:00 am - 12:29 pm

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. Lectures and readings will survey research in such fields as artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience, and will cover topics such as the nature of knowledge, thinking, remembering, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness. Sections will demonstrate some of the major methodologies. This course is a core requirement for the Cognitive Science major and therefore must be taken for a letter grade if students think they will declare the Cognitive Science major. 

COGSCI 131: Computational Models of Cognition - Class #: 13103

Fulfills the Computational Modeling distribution or can count as an elective

  • 4 units 

  • Instructor TBA

  • Summer Session C: June 22 - August 14

  • M, TU, W: 3:30 pm - 5:29 pm

This course will provide advanced students in cognitive science and computer science with the skills to develop computational models of human cognition, giving insight into how people solve challenging computational problems, as well as how to bring computers closer to human performance. The course will explore three ways in which researchers have attempted to formalize cognition -- symbolic approaches, neural networks, and probability and statistics -- considering the strengths and weaknesses of each. It will also examine machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. Texts will include Russell & Norvig's Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach and Christian and Griffiths Algorithms to Live By.

COGSCI 170: Brain Damage - Class #: 15239

Fulfills the Cognitive Neuroscience distribution or can count as an elective

  • 3 units

  • Taught by Linda Isaac 

  • Summer Session A: May 26 - July 2

  • TU, W, TH: 1:30 pm - 3:59 pm

This course introduces students to the full range of brain damage causes, which are:  traumatic brain injury (TBI) - civilian vs. military, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), stroke, tumors, infections, hypoxia, addiction, neurological, and congenital conditions.   We understand how brain damage caused by each condition leads to localized and non-localized deficits in the key functions comprising cognition, emotion, physiology, social skills, behavior, and daily functioning capacity.  Key co-occurring disorders are covered that present due to the fundamental brain damage causes. 

COGSCI 182: The Cognitive Psychology of Concept and Idea Formation - Class #: 15309

Fulfills the Cognitive Psychology distribution or can count as an elective

  • 3 units

  • Instructor TBA 

  • Summer Session A: May 26 - July 2

  • M, TU, W, TH: 4:30 pm - 6:29 pm

This class will explore cognitive psychology and some neurological processing related to cognition and the formation and use of “ideas” or “concepts.” We will discuss the modeling of idea and concept formation, the structures of memory, reasoning and problem solving, and meta-cognition, among others. 

COGSCI 180: Mind, Brain, and Identity - Class #: 15308 

Fulfills the Philosophy distribution or can count as an elective

Meets Philosophy & Values, L&S Breadth

  • 3 units

  • Instructor TBA 

  • Summer Session D: July 6 - August 14

  • M, TU, W, TH: 12:00 pm - 1:59 pm

Do you have a self or are you one?  How is the self related to brain structure and function?  Is the self, for example, identical to some part of the brain or part of the brain’s function?  Can you damage the self by damaging the brain? In this course we will look at these questions from conceptual, psychological, and neuroscientific perspectives.  We will study both normal and injured brains to help shed light on what is a deeply philosophical and personal issue: What is the human self. We will read various papers pertaining to these issues as well as the books listed under required reading. 

 

 

 

COGSCI 181: The Cognitive Unconscious - Class #: 15310

Fulfills the Philosophy or Society, Culture, and Cognition distribution, or can count as an elective

Meets Philosophy & Values, L&S Breadth

  • 3 units 

  • Instructor TBA 

  • Summer Session D: July 6 - August 14

  • M, TU, W, TH: 4:00 pm - 5:59 pm

This class is on the cognitive unconsciousness. This is the unconscious mind from a cognitive science point of view rather than one from psychoanalysis (though we will briefly touch on the psychoanalytic notions of the unconscious to clarify the distinction). The basic guide will be asking whether there is explanatory value to explaining human behavior with mental states or events that are not conscious to the person who has them. We say, for example, that a person flinched because they felt pain. Pain is a mental state that can explain the behavior (the flinch) of the person. Are there good reasons to think that some behaviors are explained by unconscious mental states?