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180147 SE Introduction to Cognitive Science I (2020W)

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

1.Termin (Vorbesprechung): Mo 5. Oktober 2020, 9:00
HS 2i d. Inst. f. Philosophie, NIG, 2. Stock


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



Thur. 8.10. 10-12h Introduction (getting to know each other, moodle & bigbluebutton, building presentation groups)
Mon. 23.11. 8-13h Preparation meeting with each group (8-9h perception/action, 9-10h memory,...)
Thur. 26.11. 10-12h Intro to 4E cognition
Mon. 7.12. Presentation: Perception/Action 10-11:30h
Mon. 14.12. 9-10h Discussion: Perception/Action, Presentation: Memory 10-11:30h,
Thur.17.12. 9-10h Discussion: Memory, 10-11:30h Presentation: Emotions
Mon. 11.1. 9-10h Discussion: Emotions, 10-11:30h Presentation: Social Interaction
Mon.18.1. 9-10h Discussion: Social Interaction, 10-11:30h Presentation: Prediction
Mon. 25.1. 9-10:30 Discussion Prediction & Wrap-up


Aims, contents and method of the course

Central research questions/phenomena (perception & action, memory, emotions, 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

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 regulations teaching methods might need to be adapted. We ask you to revisit this page again on Sept. 20th, 2020.

seminar attendance (online) & participation in discussions (in virtual presence and discussion forum), preparation of seminar presentation in the interdisciplinary group, seminar presentation, reading & summarising compulsory literature, posting questions on compulsory literature/presentation in the discussion forum

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements:
- online presence during the seminar sessions (you can miss 1 session)
- participation in the discussions (online & in the discussion forum)
- 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 on Nov. 16th (each students has to hand in the two summaries)
- group preparation of the seminar session & sending presentation plan/outline 24h before the preparation meeting (which takes place Monday, Nov. 23, 2020)
- presentation in class
- uploading presentation material

Assessment criteria:
- Seminar attendance (online), 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).
- presentation in class
- uploading presentation material

Examination topics

Reading list

- * 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.

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.

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
- Friedenberg, J. and G. Silverman (2012). Cognitive science. An introduction to the study of the mind (second ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. pp. 109-125 & 171-177 & 187-203

(How) are emotions affecting cognition?
- * Stephan, A., Walter, S. & Wilutzky, W. (2014) Emotions beyond brain and body, Philosophical Psychology, 27:1, 65-81
- Feldman Barrett, L. (2006) Solving the Emotion Paradox: Categorization and the Experience of Emotion, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, 20–46

How do we interact with other minds?
- * Reddy, V. (2010). How Infants Know Minds. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, Chapter 1-3.
- Froese, T. and E.A. Di Paolo (2011). The enactive approach. Theoretical sketches from cell to society. Pragmatics & Cognition 19(1), 1–36.

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)

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