Universität Wien FIND

180098 SE Introduction to Cognitive Science I (2019W)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

1.Termin (Vorbesprechung): Mo 30. September 2019, 9:00 - 13:00
HS 2i d. Inst. f. Philosophie, NIG, 2. Stock

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Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes

Monday, 25.11.2019 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 2.12.2019 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 9.12.2019 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 16.12.2019 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 13.1.2020 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 20.1.2020 10:00 - 13:00 HS 2i, NIG
Monday, 27.1.2020 09.45-13.00 HS 3B, NIG


Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Central research questions/phenomena (perception & action, emotions, memory, social cognition, prediction) in cognitive science are discussed in relation to the paradigms introduced in the lecture "Basic Concepts of Cognitive Science - Foundations in Cognitive Science" (classical AI & symbolism, connectionism, dynamical systems, embodied & situated cognition, enactivism), with a focus on 4E cognition. Attendance of the lecture "Basic Concepts of Cognitive Science - Foundations in Cognitive Science" is therefore required.
Based on the primary and secondary literature provided and following the guiding questions interdisciplinary groups of students prepare a joint presentation on one of the phenomena mentioned above. The presentation is followed by discussion.

Language: English

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment:
seminar attendance & participation in discussions, preparation of seminar presentation in the interdisciplinary group, seminar presentation, reading & summarising compulsory literature

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements:
- presence during the seminar sessions (at least 6 of the 7 sessions)
- participation in the discussions
- thorough and critical reading of the texts which are compulsory to read for everybody
- reading all articles/papers for your seminar session and handing in summaries for both two weeks before the presentation
- group preparation of the seminar session & sending presentation plan/outline 24h before the preparation meeting (which takes place Monday 9:00 one week before the presentation)
- presentation in class
- uploading presentation material

Assessment criteria:
- Seminar attendance, compulsory reading & summarising and active participation in discussions make 40% of the grade,
- preparing the group presentation and giving the presentation in the seminar session make 60% (30% individual performance, 30% group performance).

Examination topics

Reading list

Nov 25, 2019: Introduction
- * Harré R. (2002) Cognitive Science. A Philosophical Introduction. Sage Publications Ltd, London. Chapter 1, pp. 5-18
- * Newen, A., de Bruin, L. & Gallagher, S. (2018). The Oxford handbook of 4E cognition. Chapter 1, pp. 3-8.

Dez 2, 2019: How are perception, cognition and action related?
- * Engel A. (2011). Why cognitive neuroscience should adopt a „pragmatic stance“ in Newen, A., Bartels, A. & Jung E. (2011) Knowledge and Representation. Mentis, Paderborn, Germany.
- Buzsáki, G. (2019) The Brain from Inside Out. Oxford University Press. Chapter 3, pp. 53-82.

Dec 9, 2019: (How) are emotions affecting cognition?
- * Stephan, A., Walter, S. & Wilutzky, W. (2014) Emotions beyond brain and body, Philosophical Psychology, 27:1, 65-81
- Colombetti G. 2010. Enaction, sense-making and emotion. In Stewart J, Gapenne O, Paolo ED (Eds.) Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 145-164.

Dec 16, 2019 What is memory for?
- * Pfeifer R. & Bongard J. (2007). How the Body Shapes the Way We Think. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chapter 10: Where is Human Memory? pp. 295- 322
- Kolak, D. (2006). Cogntive Science: An Introduction. New York:Routledge. pp.126-136

Jan 13, 2020: How do we interact with other minds?
- * Froese, T. (2018). Searching for the conditions of genuine intersubjectivity: From agent-based models to perceptual crossing experiments. In Newen, A., de Bruin, L. & Gallagher, S. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 163-186
- Reddy, V. (2010). How Infants Know Minds. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, Chapter 1-3.

Jan 20, 2020: How do we predict the future?
- * Clark, A. (2013). Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(3), 181-204 (pp.1-24)
- Clark, A. (2013). Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(3), 181-204 (pp. 24-73 Open Peer Commentary & Author’s Response)

* reading for all

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