- Introduction to People
- Introduction to Course
- Definitions for Cognition and Technology
- Sign up to E-Group/Yahoo Group
||Pinker, S. (1997). Chapter 2: Thinking machines. In S. Pinker,
How the mind works (pp. 59-110). W.W. Norton and Company: New York.
part 1, Download
Part 2) NOTE: The pdf contains more than
the required reading, the rest is optional.
||Anderson, J.R. (2005). Chapter 1: The science of cognition. In
J.R. Anderson, Cognitive science and its implications (pp.
1-35). Worth Publishers: New York. (Download)
||Pinker, S. (1997) How the Mind Works (pp. 1-58). W.W. Norton and
Company: New York. (Download
part 1, Download
part 2, Download
||Ashcraft, M. (1989). Human Memory and Cognition (pp. 1-35). Scott,
Foresman and Company: Glenview, IL. (Download) The missing
pages are available. NOTE: This is a review of the historical context.
If you know all of this from CEP 911, browse through the familiar
parts quickly, and pay more attention to the newer parts.
||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
Write a one page theory summarizing your theory of how the mind
works. I know that's a tough question, and may be answered
any number of ways. I want you write your answer before you
do the readings. The goal is not to recite back what you've read,
but to honestly put forth how you think the mind does what it does.
I do honestly do not want to hear any proseminar party line either,
unless that's truly what you believe. There are no wrong answers
(although there are better written answers, more complete arguments,
and more honest answers).
One way to proceed is to take some common, everday task and tell
me how your mind performs these activities. Examples include:
How is it that you can look out a window, and transform pulses
(or particles, or waves) of light into objects like "trees", "the
sky, " "clouds," and "grass" and know what they mean, and what
relationships exist between those objects?
How is it that you can read this this assignment, make meaning
from it, and associate responses in your mind to the questions
How do you make decisions, like planning a route from point A
to point B?
Aim for about 700 words.
||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'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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