DateTopicReadings / Assignments
Week 1
Tu Aug 25Course introduction Suggested reading: transition to college
Th Aug 27What is Cognitive Science? Overview doc
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on cognitive science
Wikipedia article on cognitive science
Fr Aug 29
discussion sections
Week 2
Tu Sep 01Anatomy of an experimental report Overview doc
Simons & Chabris 1999 (read for form)
Th Sep 03Attention! Overview doc
Simons & Chabris 1999 (reread for content)
optional:Discover Magazine 2011
Fr Sep 04
discussion sections
Week 3
Tu Sep 08Cognition & Learning Overview doc
Roediger & Karpicke 2006
Th Sep 10Cognition & Learning Reread Roediger & Karpicke 2006
cognitive science of studying
Fr Sep 11
discussion sections
Week 4
Tu Sep 15Stereotype Threat Overview doc
Rydell et al. 2010 (read introduction and experiment 1)
Th Sep 17Stereotype Threat cont'd Rydell et al. 2010 (experiments 2 and 3 and final discussion/conclusion)
Fr Sep 18
discussion sections
Week 5
Tu Sep 22Turing Dreams: IBM Watson Overview doc
Ferrucci et al. 2010
optional:NY Times, Feb 2011
Th Sep 24Computation: real thought, or just a simulation? Overview doc
Searle 1980
Fr Sep 25
discussion sections
Week 6
Tu Sep 29EEG Overview doc
Carrick et al. 2007
Th Oct 01Structure and Function in MRI Sporns 2012 "From simple graphs to the connectome: Networks in neuroimaging"
Fr Oct 02
discussion sections
Week 7
Tu Oct 06Models & Mechanisms Brown 2014 "The tale of the neuroscientists and the computer: why mechanistic theory matters"
Th Oct 08Midterm Review
Fr Oct 09NO CLASS!Fall break
Week 8
Th Oct 15Evolved logic? Overview doc
Cosmides & Tooby 1997
Fr Oct 16
discussion sections
Week 9
Tu Oct 20Heuristics & Rationality Overview doc
Gigerenzer & Todd 2007
Th Oct 22Food! Overview doc
Wansink et al.
Optional: Scheibehenne et al. 2002a
Fr Oct 23
discussion sections
Week 10
Tu Oct 27A-not-B? Overview doc
Smith & Thelen 1999
Th Oct 29A-not-B? cont'd Overview doc
Reread Smith & Thelen 1999
Fr Oct 30
discussion sections
Week 11
Tu Nov 03Throw rock, catch dinner? Overview doc
Zhu & Bingham 2011
Th Nov 05Language and Rules tba
Fr Nov 06
discussion sections
Week 12
Tu Nov 10Language
Th Nov 12Language & Number Overview doc
Frank et al. 2008
Fr Nov 13
discussion sections
++PAPER Proposals due 5 p.m.
Week 13
Tu Nov 17Paper conferences by appointment
Th Nov 19Paper conferences by appointment
Fr Nov 20Paper conferences by appointment
Week 14
Tu Nov 25NO CLASS!Thanksgiving break
Th Nov 27NO CLASS!Thanksgiving break
Fr Nov 28NO CLASS!Thanksgiving break
Week 15
Tu Dec 01Weird people? Overview doc
Henrich et al. 2010 Read sections 1-4 pages 1-14 for today]
Th Dec 03More Weird Henrich et al. 2010 [Read sections 5-7 pages 14-23 for today]
Fr Dec 04
discussion sections

Su Dec 06++PAPER due at midnight
Week 16
Tu Dec 08tba
Th Dec 10Final review
Fr Dec 11
discussion sections
Finals Week
Tu Dec 15EXAM++FINAL EXAMINATION Tuesday 7:15-9:15 p.m. Note time is not usual class time.