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The course is aimed at giving a comprehensive introduction to cognitive psychology (and, more broadly, to cognitivism), with special emphasis on general issues relevant to linguistics. Some historical roots, key concepts, methodologies, fundamental approaches and hot issues which characterise this science of (human) mind will be explored. The topics therefore will include, among others, the followings: kinds of explanation in cognitive psychology/science; the concept of internal (mental) representations; kinds of representations and forms of knowledge; levels of description/explanation; the relationship between neuroscience, computer modelling, psychology and linguistics; core views on mental architecture; debates on the origins of knowledge; analogies and dis-analogies between language and other domains of knowledge; the problem of human consciousness in cognitive psychology/science. Discussing these issues we shall use human linguistic capacities and their various explanations as recurring examples.
Eysenck, M. & Keane, M.T. (2005 or 2006): Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook (5th Edition). Psychology Press. The following chapters: chapter 1. Approaches to cognitive psychology; chapter 2. Basic processes in visual perception; chapter 3. Object recognition; chapter 4. Perception, motion and action; chapter 5. Attention and performance; chapter 6. Learning and memory; chapter 7. Long term memory systems; chapter 8. Everyday memory; chapter 9. Concepts and categories; Part V. Present and future. (Corresponding chapters of later editions can also be used.)
> short essays, 60 minutes
exam must be done by end of SSM 2013
4 EXAM OCCASIONS will be offered:
> 1st exam occasion: FRI 11.01.2013, 12:30, Seminar Room 7 Sensengasse 3a.
> 2nd exam occasion: FRI 08.02.2013, 11:00, Seminar Room 2 Sensengasse 3a.
> further 2 occasions in SSM 2013 (to be announced later)
DATES & TIMING OF LECTURES
Introductory Seminar on Cognitive Psychology for Linguists: