Lecture 1 Introduction to Cognitive Science

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1 Lecture 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science 6/4/07 2 Welcome! • Class Meets : M,W,F 3:30-5:45 PM • Class Website : http://classesv2.yale.edu • Office Hours : Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM, 207E SSS •M y Ema i l : jane.erickson@yale.edu 3 Format of Course • Three lectures a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) • Required Reading • In order to do well in the course you must both attend the lectures and do the required reading.
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5 Course Evaluation • Attendance = 10% • Midterm Exam = 25% • Final Exam (not cumulative) = 25% • Assignments = 10% • In Class Presentation = 5% • Final Paper = 25% 6 Course Description • Main Goal of Cognitive Science : A complete understanding of the nature of mind. • This Course – Examine theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding mental processes – Examine different tools and methods used by various disciplines to understand the mind 7 Cognitive Science The study of how the mind works ! • Perception • Attention • Language • Reasoning • Intelligence • Imagination • Memory •Expe r t ise • Problem-Solving •Emo
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9 Pillow Dark Lay Soft Cloud Snooze Tired Blanket Dream Doze Night Nap Bed Exhausted Snore Comfy Yawn Rest Slumber Drowsy 10 Which Words Were on the Previous List? Down Tired Dog Lethargic Dream Fork Green Rest Microwave Sleep Coma Snooze Lake Smart 11 Which Words Were on the Previous List? Down Tired Dog Lethargic Dream Fork Green Rest Microwave Sleep Coma Snooze Lake Smart 12 Which Words Were on the Previous List? Down Tired Dog Lethargic Dream Fork Green Rest Microwave Sleep Coma Snooze Lake Smart
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13 False Recall! • We encode words by their meaning. • Two different memory strategies: – Memory : remember more words but increase false memory – Explicit Theme : decrease false memory but remember less words. 14 Stroop Task 15 Cognitive Processes 1. What are the representations and processes that underwrite these capacities? 2. How are they acquired and how do they develop? 3. How are they implemented in underlying hardware (biological or otherwise)? 16 Instinct Blindness! “[T]he ‘naturalness’ of certain inferences acts to obstruct the discovery of the mechanisms that produced them. Cognitive instincts create problems for cognitive scientists. Precisely because they work so well — because they process information so effortlessly and automatically — we tend to be blind to their existence. Not suspecting they exist, we do not conduct research programs to find them.” (Cosmides & Tooby)
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