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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2007

PSY 341K • Intro to Cognitive Science - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45090 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
SEA 2.108
Stankiewicz

Course Description

Why is it that we can remember the color of our very first bicycle, but we cannot remember a phone number long enough to walk from the phone book to the telephone? Why can we build a computer that can beat a grand-master chess player but we cannot build a computer to recognize simple objects? How is human language di erent from the language learned by a parrot? What parts of the brain are responsible for seeing color, or recognizing your mother's face? Cognitive psychology is the study of human behavior and perception and is dedicated to investigating these types of questions. In this course you will be study topics in perception, language, memory and reasoning. This academic journey will involve reading cutting-edge research in these topics to better understand and evaluate the answers to these and other questions in cognitive psychology.

Grading Policy

Your course grade will be determined by four exams and a series of writing assignments (a proposal, reaction papers, midterm paper and final paper). Exams will consist of essay, short-answer and (possibly) multiple-choice questions. Proposal: 2% Exam 1: 15% Reaction Papers: 1.5% x 4 = 6% Exam 2: 15% Midterm Paper: 12% Reviewed Paper: 2% Exam 3: 15% Final Paper: 18% Exam 4: 15%

Texts

Journal articles available on the University's Blackboard system.

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