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SCI 42 — An Introduction to Cognitive Science

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Dec 7
Time: 10:00 am—12:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 18
Unit: 1
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Paul Li
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on October 26 and November 30
Fall
On-campus
Saturdays
10:00 am—12:05 pm
Date(s)
Oct 5—Dec 7
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 18
1 Unit
Fees
$450
Instructor(s):
Paul Li
Open
Please Note: No class on October 26 and November 30
Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind. It began with philosophers, who for centuries have puzzled over the nature of the human mind and raised some major questions for us to study. For instance, what is the mind’s relationship to the brain? And what, in fact, is the mind? Is it an entity in itself, or is “mind” simply another word for “brain”? Or does the mind somehow emerge out of the activity of the brain?

This subject has been investigated by researchers in a variety of fields. Philosophers and scientists—cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, anthropologists, and those who work with artificial intelligence—have all, in various ways, been studying aspects of the mind/brain connection. Essentially, they are studying what it is to be human. This course will discuss some of the major methodologies in the field and critically examine both scientific and popular case studies to understand such topics as the nature of knowledge, memory, vision, imagery, language, and consciousness. Students will come away from this course with a better understanding of how the mind operates.

Paul Li, Lecturer in Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley

Paul Li is a co-author of the textbook The Cognitive Sciences, and has written for Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today. He was a founding research scientist at Lumosity, an online neuroscience research and brain training company. He was also an episode consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Brain Games. He has taught at Seoul National University, the Indian Institutes of Technology, Kyoto University, and the University of Tokyo. He completed graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Carolyn Sobel & Paul Li, The Cognitive Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1412997164)
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