DescriptionCognitive science promises to solve the greatest mystery of our age: the human brain. The brain holds the key to how we perceive the world, learn from our experiences, make the right decisions and communicate with others. Understanding the constraints and peculiarities of what it means to be human is key to creating technology that successfully interacts with and amazes people. This course will discuss classic as well as current research studies. We will discuss research in several areas of cognition: Research methods from behavioral experimentation to brain imaging: using examples from visual and auditory perception. Models of memory and attention: how we manage complexity in tasks and knowledge. Language processing: models from experimental and big-data psycholinguistics. Cognitive biases in decision-making: the human as a not-so-rational animal. Decision-making under uncertainty: rationalism and heuristics & biases, game theory. ?Topics will be introduced with audiovisual experiments, patient videos, functional brain imaging data, and real-world examples. Students will read and discuss research papers, typically a mix of classic ones considered foundational for the field, and recent ones to illustrate ongoing discussions.
David Reitter is a professor and co-director of the Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Reitter’s research interests lie in computational cognition. Through empirical experimentation and mining of big data, he develops models of human cognition that describe how humans communicate and how they make decisions. These models explain some of the most fascinating human abilities, such as verbalizing and spreading information within a vast network of social contacts, or making quick, intuitive decisions relevant to, e.g., security. Reitter holds degrees in linguistics, computer science and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. http://www.david-reitter.com http://acs.ist.psu.edu
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