Cognition & Technology
September 15
CEP 909
Fall 2005
Stuff by day

In class:

  • Readings ... Questions?
  • Results of your homework assignment
  • Getting into groups
  • First mini assignments
  • More experiments

Required Readings:

Anderson, J.R. (2005). Chapter 4: Perception-based knowledge representations. In J.R. Andersons, Cognitive science and its implications (pp. 106-138). Worth Publishers: New York. (Download)
Pinker, S. (1997). Chapter 4: The mind's eye. In S. Pinker, How the mind works (pp. 283-296). W.W. Norton and Company: New York. (Download)


Suggested Readings:

Pylyshyn, Z. (2003). Return of the mental image: are there really pictures in the brain? TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences, 7(3), 113-118. (Download)



Reminder: All work for the class is to be turned in electronically so that others in the class may access your work. Put it on your web-page, on the e-groups, or whichever way you can make your work publicly visible. Assignments due next Wed at 11:59 pm.

Do this experiment, either on another participant (or yourself if needed). After the sample trial, click the box that says (30 trials). After the experiment is over, you have to find the file called 'mrdata' on your hard-drive -- this file contains the results for each of the 30 trials in the experiment.

Present the data and an analyses of what it means in terms of perception-based knowledge representations (2 paragraphs) . Does this provide evidence for visual representation? How do you know? (remember for a full grade, connect to readings and concepts, and to the data you collected). For more than 3 points, collect more than one data set, and connect to optional readings, outside readings, and other related ideas.


Your group should brainstorm up a 1-page list of ideas about:

  1. Issues worth studying in game based learning -- what interests your group and its members?
  2. What the impact of games might be on students/learners/participants when compared to other types of activities/instruction/participation (learning and impacts beyond learning).


Reminder: One goal in this class is to have an electronic portfolio ready soon, in which everyone can view your work. If you can get a website up this week, and post your assignment, that's great. Make sure you send everyone the link so they know where it is. If not, post it to the yahoo group and let people know where it is.
It's time to begin work on getting a portfolio up for this course if you have the web skills already. If you do not yet have web skills, it is time to start acquiring basic web authoring skills.
Reminder: Look at some other students work BEFORE you get to class on Thursday. Be prepared to talk about one other student's theory of mind in depth that you found particularly interesting or worth discussing.
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