An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the mind, intelligent behavior, information processing, and communication in living organisms and computers.
At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is the implication of the idea that even very basic behaviors involve storing and processing information about the environment? How is information processing related to perceptual systems?
- What are some of the historical advancements toward the development of cognitive science?
- What is the integration challenge in cognitive science, and what are the “levels” across which cognitive science must integrate disciplines?
- How does the mental architecture approach deal with the shortcomings of earlier global integration solutions?
- What is the physical symbol system hypothesis? How does it attempt to explain information storage and processing?
- What are the practical implications of the physical symbol system approach (e.g., ID3, WHISPER)?
- How do multilayer artificial neuron networks learn through experience? What are the differences for modeling information processing between physical symbol systems and artificial neuron networks?
- What does it mean to say that all information processing is modular? Is it?
- How can cognitive neuroscience help to establish a “wiring diagram” for the mind? Does knowing the brain “explain away” the processes of the mind?
- What is the mindreading system? How is this an example of the theory of information processing systems?
Cog Sci Website Project.