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200138 SE Advanced Seminar: Mind and Brain (2018W)

Fundamental Topics in Cognitive Science + Colloquium

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Vertiefungsseminare können nur fürs Pflichtmodul B verwendet werden! Eine Verwendung fürs Modul A4 Freie Fächer ist nicht möglich.

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Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION: Please note that students are required to additionally attend a weekly colloquium each Thursday, so attendence is mandatory from 9.45am to 11.15am (seminar) and additionally from 5pm to 6pm (colloquium). Please see below for details.

Thursday 11.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 18.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 25.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 08.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 15.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 22.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 29.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 06.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 13.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 10.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 17.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 24.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock
Thursday 31.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal E Psychologie, Liebiggasse 5 1. Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: Attendees should be able to reflect on the “bigger picture” in the field of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. Furthermore, we intend to enable attendees to reflect on what actual findings tell us, what they do not and why so. Through discussions in English we first aim to foster critical thinking when reading or listening to contributions to the area of Cognitive Sciences. And second students can train their skills in participating in discussions in English in a “safe space” with minimal pressure.

Contents: The seminar involves reading, presenting, and discussing seminal papers or book chapters in Cognitive Sciences. This includes topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Psychology as a Science, replication crisis, Philosophy of Mind, or History of Cognitive Sciences. Though the topics raise fundamental issues, the discussions regularly touch relevant topics of everyday life, such as the future of science, psychological consequences of digitalization, cultural dependence of psychological concepts, development of language, truth, or free will.

Methods: Student presentation of a paper/book chapter, student-guided discussion of the text in the seminar, written reflection on the course
Please note that in this course it is mandatory to also attend a weekly colloquium: This provides the opportunity to engage with current research in Psychology, as presented by renowned researchers. Through the talks, students experience state of the art research and current topics of Cognitive Science. They also get firsthand experience how research is communicated. In the seminar the talks from the colloquium will be reflected upon and further discussed to maximize the learning outcomes. The skills of critically reflecting research findings and conclusions should enable the students to reflect the contents of the talk and to critically review the presentations.

Course language: English

Please note that the topics of the seminar are chosen to be explicitly of interest for students of every Master specialization. The contents (current topics in Psychological Methods and fundamentals of Cognitive Science) cover fundamental topics of scientific methods and human experience (such as consciousness or cognition). In the first part of the term, we will discuss current topics in how Psychological Science, be it Clinical, Work, Education, or Experimental Psychology, is practiced and how findings are interpreted. In the second part we will discuss how basic skills such as intelligence, thinking, speech, and consciousness might develop (interesting for Education focus), might take a less adaptive route (interesting for Clinical focus), and how they influence our human experience (interesting for Mind and Brain focus) in our society (interesting for Work focus).

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment is based on participation and contributions to the discussion in the seminar. In each session of the seminar a specific paper/book chapter will be discussed. In the beginning of the session students will present the assigned reading in short and should raise important questions pertaining to the topic. The students presenting then guide the discussion in the remainder of the session.

Furthermore, at the end of the term we request a mandatory written feedback about the seminar and the colloquia (2 pages).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimal requirements:
Please note that attendance to sessions of the seminar in the morning AND to sessions of the colloquium in the evening is mandatory! A maximum of 3 missed Thursdays is allowed (in total).
Presentation of the assigned reading is mandatory.

Grading:
a) Active participation --> 40%
b) Presentation of the paper and discussion --> 40%
b.1) Presentation --> 25%
b.2) Discussion --> 15%
c) Written Feedback --> 20%

Please note that active participation (40% of the total grade) is strongly determining the grade. We would like to point out that missing a session results in no participation for this session .
Please also note the Richtlinie zur Sicherung der guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis (https://studienpraeses.univie.ac.at/infos-zum-studienrecht/sicherung-der-guten-wissenschaftlichen-praxis/)

Examination topics

n/a

Reading list

Mandatory reading is posted on the Moodle page.
Literature especially interesting for students with a focus in Clinical Psychology: Meehl, P. E. (1990). Why Summaries of Research on Psychological Theories are Often Uninterpretable. Psychological Reports, 66, 195-244. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1990.66.1.195
Literature especially interesting for students with a focus in Work, Economy, Society:
Turing, A. M. (1950). Computing machinery and intelligence. Mind, 59, 433-460.
Literature especially interesting for students with a focus in Education:
Nisbett, R. E. (2003). The geography of thought. New York: Free Press.
Literature especially interesting for students with a focus in Mind and Brain:
All articles.
Please note that all articles are general enough to be of interest for all students of Psychology and even of Cognitive Sciences, Social Sciences, or Life Sciences. Every student who relies of empirical methods of testing hypotheses and is interested in human experiences could get something out of this course.

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