Meeting time
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm, Meyer Hall, Rm 465

Instructor
Todd M. Gureckis
todd.gureckis@nyu.edu
website: here, lab
office: 859
office hours: virtually anytime, by appt.

Teaching Assistant
Anna Coenen
ac4066@nyu.edu
office: 856
office hours: by appt.

Overview

What is a mind? How is the operation of the mind related to the operation of the brain? How can we best develop a science of human behavior? In this course, an approach to these questions is explored based on the idea that minds are essentially computational devices, similar to everyday computers or robots. Under this view, the goal of psychology is to "reverse engineer" the algorithms that the mind uses to solve problems. To help demonstrate these ideas in a very concrete way, the course will involve hands-on labs where students physically interact with simple Ardunio-based robots. Students will gain a better understanding of the philosophy of cognitive science, how human brains and minds work, learn some basic programming (C), and even how to build and program simple robots.



Watch the "trailer"



Textbook

No textbook, readings will come from various articles posted on the schedule below.



Grading

25% final project, 50% labs, 25% attendance/participation/quizzes. Attendance and participation in lectures and labs is essential as there is a lot of technical hands-on work that will not be posted anywhere.



Tentative Schedule