Syllabus - (Honors Psychology 0916 Workings of the Mind The...

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(Honors) Psychology 0916 Workings of the Mind: The Conscious and Unconscious Mind Spring 2011 Professor : Dr. Andrew Karpinski Office : 520 Weiss Hall Email : [email protected] Phone : 215-204-3102 Office Hours : M 10:30-11:30; T 1-3 and by appointment Class Meets : Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm – 4:50 pm 202 Tuttleman Learning Center I am happy to meet with you to go over any questions you have about the class – just stop by during office hours or make an appointment. This course fulfills the GenEd Human Behavior requirement Prerequisites : In order to take this class, you must be in the University Honors Program, be inquisitive, and have an interest in learning. Required Textbooks : Revonsuo, A. (2010). Consciousness: The Science of subjectivity . New York: Psychology Press. (ISBN: 978-1-84169-726-0) Wilson, T. D. (2004). Strangers to ourselves: Discovering the adaptive unconscious . Boston, MA: Belknap Press. (ISBN: 0-674-01382-4) Additional readings are available from the course website on Blackboard. Why are we here??? In this course we will discuss conscious and unconscious mental processes. We will start by considering the nature of the unconscious mind and will examine evidence for the existence of unconscious processes in memory, problem solving, behavior in social settings, and our attitudes, beliefs, and opinions. We will then study the nature of consciousness from psychological, philosophical, and neuroscientific perspectives, with a focus on trying to answer the questions of: what is consciousness, what does consciousness do, and why does consciousness exist. This will be a challenging course. For many of the issues we will discuss, there is no scientific consensus regarding the right answer or the most correct theory. Be prepared to think critically and to tolerate perplexity. Themes of the Course Intuitions about how the mind works are often inconsistent with scientific research. Our mental world is a construction and is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the external world. The unconscious mind performs many functions that intuitively we believe are performed by our conscious minds. Our subjective experience, cognition, and behavior are inextricably intertwined with the firing of neurons in the brain . For you to get the most out of this class, it is essential that you : 1) Think . It will not be sufficient for you to be able to recite the theories and definitions from the text or the lecture. You must think critically about the readings and class activities. 2) Read . There is a relatively heavy reading load for this course – we have much material to cover. I expect you to have read and understood all of the readings before you come to class. 3)
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Syllabus - (Honors Psychology 0916 Workings of the Mind The...

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