Fall Term - 2016
Farhana H. Zulkernine, PhD, PEng
756 Goodwin Hall, School of Computing, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L
E-mail: Farhana at cs dot queensu dot ca (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: (613) 533-6426
Cognitive Science is a highly interdisciplinary program which focuses on the study of human mind. Scientists from different areas have been trying to explore the mystery of human mind starting with the philosophers who have been studying the mind-body problem and consciousness. The psychologists came next who have been trying to explore mind using strategic studies and experiments on human behaviour. Linguistics have been focusing on the unique ability of human mind to learn and communicate using languages. Anthropologists have been studying how evolution has shaped human thoughts and behaviours over the many decades. With the advent of modern equipments, neuroscientists are now able to peak into the very complex network of our brain neurons with a view to investigate human mind. Finally, cognitive scientists have joined the team with computers and are applying artificial intelligence techniques to analyze the data collected by scientists in various areas and create models to simulate the processes of mind namely perception, memory, learning, attention, imagery, reasoning, language and decision making. Therefore, the study of cognitive science encompasses the study of human mind from all the different perspectives with a view to better understanding the structure and the nature of mind which leads to the big question: can we ever create a mind?
Outline: The course will present some very interesting functionality and
thought processes of human mind and how they are studied using theories from
philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, anthropology, and artificial
intelligence to get an overview of
the marvels of human mind. These mind processes work on some information. You will
also study how information is perceived and represented in the mind on which the
processes of the mind work - which resembles with how computers work. So can human mind
be better explored and predicted by a computer? Can a computer be programmed to
behave like a mind? The course introduces interesting theories and examples from
multiple areas to and gives a peak into the fascinating study of the very complex
human mind. By the end of the course, you should have
gained new insights into how your mind works!!!
Course Learning Outcomes: http://www.cs.queensu.ca/students/undergraduate/CLO.php#COGS100
COGS 100 F/3.0: Introduction to Cognitive Science
|Unit 1:||Introduction to Cognitive Science - A multi-disciplinary area of study|
|Unit 2:||Interdisciplinary Approaches - Theories, concepts and methodologies from relevant areas of Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Anthropology and Artificial Intelligence.|
|Unit 3:||Mental Representations of Information – Logic, Rule, Concept, Analogy, Image, Connection, and Mental Model are some of the ways information is represented in the mind.|
|Unit 4:||Overview of Cognitive Processes – Thoughts are merely the product of mental processes being applied to the information in the mind. Some of the processes that are discussed are memory, perception, attention, problem solving, planning, decision making, emotion, and consciousness.|
|Unit 5:||Cognitive Modeling Approaches and Examples including Cognitive Architectures|
Class time and location
|Days & Times||Room||Dates|
|Mon 10:30am - 11:30am||KINGST 201||12 Sep - 02 Dec|
|Wed 9:30am - 10:30pm||KINGST 201||12 Sep - 02 Dec|
|Fri 8:30am - 9:30am||KINGST 201||12 Sep - 02 Dec|
Details about the course content can be found at the OnQ website.
Mondays 11:40 - 12:40pm. Otherwise contact the TAs and setup meeting times with them at both of your convenience.
Cognitive Science : An Introduction to the Study of Mind (available at the book store http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Course/17252-COGS100-FALL16 or e-copy available https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/cognitive-science/book242501 )
Authors: Jay Friedenberg and Gordon Silverman
Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science by Paul Thagard MIT Press, 2005 second edition.
Reading from the web - see course details on OnQ.
Online quizzes, assignments, midterm, and final exam. See OnQ for grade distribution.
***Note: The students are advised to use the discussion forum on the OnQ site for general inquiries before making an appointment to see the TA.
Name: Tiffany Leung