Computer Science/Psychology 271L: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Fall 2009

Tuesdays & Thursdays 16:00 - 17:15 in W-1-034


Welcome to "Intro to Cognitive Science!" This page provides current information on the CS/PSYCH L271 course. Please come back to this page regularly during and after the course to check for updates on assignment deadlines, office hours etc. Most importantly, all PowerPoint slides etc. I use in class will be uploaded and available from the syllabus table at the bottom of this page. These files will be uploaded immediately after each class, to make classes more surprising and exciting ;-). If you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail

Last updated on December 5, 2009.

Instructor

Course Description

Textbook

Evaluation (assignments are posted here)

Papers

Software

Syllabus (PowerPoint slides are posted here)

Accommodations

Student Conduct

 



Instructor:   Marc Pomplun
                    Office: S-3-171
                    Office Hours: Tuesdays 17:30 - 19:00, Thursdays 14:30 - 16:00
                    Office Phone: (617) 287-6443
                    Lab: S-3-135
                    Lab Phone: (617) 287-6485
                    e-mail: marc@cs.umb.edu
                    Homepage: http://www.cs.umb.edu/~marc

       

Course Description:  Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field fundamentally concerned with furthering our understanding of the development, underlying processes, and implementation of language, perception, problem-solving, learning, memory, and other intelligent capacities. This course offers an introduction to this science for all levels of undergraduate majors in psychology, computer science, biology and other related fields.


Text:       Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind by Jay D. Friedenberg and Gordon Silverman, Sage Publications, ISBN: 9781412925686 (available at the UMB Bookstore but may be cheaper on the web)


Evaluation: There will be four homework assignments. A midterm exam will take place on Thursday, October 22, while the final exam is scheduled for December 10 (see syllabus below). Your final grade will be computed as follows:

Homework:           20%  (5% for each assignment)
Papers:                  20%  (10% for each paper)
Midterm Exam:    30% 
Final Exam:           30%

Assignment/Exam (PDF) Posted/Given on Due Date Sample Solution & Other Information
Assignment #1 September 23 October 6 Assignment #1 Sample Solution
Assignment #2 October 10 October 20 Assignment #2 Sample Solution
Practice Midterm October 15 October 20 (not submitted or graded) Practice Midterm Sample Solution
Midterm Exam October 22    
Assignment #3 November 12 November 24 Assignment #3 Sample Solution
Assignment #4 December 2 December 8 Assignment #4 Sample Solution
Practice Exam December 5 December 8 (not submitted or graded) Practice Exam Sample Solution
Final Exam December 10    

 


Paper Assignments:

Suggested Literature:

Books:

Journal articles:

 


 

Software:    eliza.exe    response.dat    expert.exe    sample.txt    wsom.exe

 


Syllabus

(note: PDF files are in grayscale for better printing - HTML files are in color for better on-screen viewing - PPT files are for playing around with)

Session Dates

Topic

Chapter/Material

Slides

Tuesday,
September 8

Introduction and Preliminaries

Chapter 1

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
September 10

A Cognitive Science Appetizer:
Vision in Humans and Machines

Chapter 4

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
September 15

The Experimental Approach

 

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
September 17

Neuroscience:
Overview 

Chapter 6

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
September 22

Vision:
Eye Movements and
Visual Attention

Chapter 4

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
September 24

Memory I

Chapter 5

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
September 29

Memory II

Chapter 5

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

[Paper]

Thursday,
October 1

Psycholinguistics I

Chapter 9

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
October 6

Psycholinguistics II

Chapter 9

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
October 8

How to Write and Publish an Experimental Research Paper

 

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

[Sample]

Tuesday,
October 13

Philosophical Questions I

Chapter 2

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
October 15

Philosophical Questions II

Chapter 2

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
October 20

Midterm Review

 

 

Thursday,
October 22

Midterm Exam

 

Tuesday,
October 27

The Computational Approach

Chapter 4

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

[Autom.]

Thursday,
October 29

Theory of Computation I:
Finite Automata

Chapter 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
November 3

Theory of Computation II:
Turing Machines/Computability

Chapter 9

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
November 5

Artificial Intelligence:
Symbolic vs. Connectionist AI

Chapters 10, 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
November 10

Symbolic AI I:
Game-Playing Algorithms

Chapter 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
November 12

Symbolic AI II:
Natural Language Processing
& Expert Systems 

Chapters 9, 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Tuesday,
November 17

Robotics

Chapter 12

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
November 19

Artificial Neural Networks I:
Supervised Learning

Chapter 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

[Demo]

Tuesday,
November 24

Artificial Neural Networks II:
Unsupervised Learning

Chapter 11

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
November 26

Thanksgiving

No Class!  

Tuesday,
December 1

Modeling Cognitive Functions I:
Computational Neuroscience

Chapter 4

[PDF]

[HTML]

[PPT]

Thursday,
December 3

Modeling Cognitive Functions II:
An Example Study

Chapter 4 no
slides

Tuesday,
December 8

Final Exam Review

   

Thursday,
December 10

Final Exam

 

 

 


Accommodations:  Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 offers guidelines for curriculum modifications and adaptations for students with documented disabilities. If applicable, students may obtain adaptation recommendations from the Ross Center for Disability Services, M-1-401, (617-287-7430). The student must present these recommendations and discuss them with each professor within a reasonable period, preferably by the end of Drop/Add period.


Student Conduct:  Students are required to adhere to the University Policy on Academic Standards and Cheating, to the University Statement on Plagiarism and the Documentation of Written Work, and to the Code of Student Conduct as delineated in the catalog of Undergraduate Programs, pp. 44-45, and 48-52. The Code is available online at: http://www.umb.edu/student_services/student_rights/code_conduct.html


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