NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS IS A LIVING DOCUMENT. THE READING LIST WILL BE ADJUSTED AS WE GO.
HPS 2634 Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science: Cognitive Models
Fall 2019 Schedule and Syllabus
Meeting time: M 9:30-12; CL 1008C
(Prof.) Colin Allen
Office: CL 1109H
Office hours: T 1:45-2:45 and W 2-3 (and by appointment)
This seminar will address the diversity of modeling approaches used in the cognitive sciences: mathematical, computational, Bayesian, dynamical, network models, etc. We will cover issues such as the relationship of cognitive models to neuroscience, and questions about the nature and significance of distinctions among models such as cognitive vs. associative, dynamical vs. computational, optimal vs. heuristic. These topics will lead us to more general issues concerning the epistemic and explanatory status of cognitive models, pragmatism in modeling choices, and methods for evaluating models.
There will be maths! (But we will work through it together.) (And see Additional Resources below the schedule.)
Aside from acquiring the necessary background in cognitive modeling, the main goal of this seminar is for you to develop a research paper on any philosophical issue raised during the course. You will write a proposal, draft, engage peer reviews, and the final paper. You will also be asked to give at least one presentation based on the reading list, and you will also give a presentation based on your developing research ideas during the last month of the course.
Both Blackboard folders mentioned just above are also accessible from the "Course Documents" menu item on the left. New items will be added to the hopper as we go.
Schedule of Readings and Presentations
We are going to adjust this as we go along.
NOTE: SOMETIMES LINKS BREAK. IF SOMETHING CAN'T BE REACHED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY.
|Mon 08/26||Overview||•Busemeyer et al. 2015 "Review of Basic Mathematical Concepts Used in Computational and Mathematical Psychology" •Sternberg 1966 "High-Speed Scanning in Human Memory"|
|Mon 09/07||Getting started: Modeling basics, some history, and a skeptical take from comparative animal cognition||
•Busemeyer & Diederich Chapters 1 and 2|
•Link (2015) "Psychophysical Theory and Laws, History of"
|Mon 09/16||Model comparison||
• Busemeyer & Diederich Chapter 2|
•Luce (1995) "Four Tensions Concerning Mathematical Modeling in Psychology"
• Nosofsky & Zaki (2002) "Exemplar and Prototype Models Revisited"
•Smith et al. (2016) "Formal models in animal-metacognition research: the problem of interpreting animals’ behavior"
|Mon 09/23||Parameter estimation||
• Busemeyer & Diederich Chapter 3|
|Mon 11/11||Instructor & student research presentations||• Weinberger & Allen (in prep) working title:"Team continuous vs. team discrete"|
|Mon 11/18||Student research presentations|
|Mon 12/02||Student research presentations|
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