Tues & Thurs 11-12:15, Meyer 482
Todd M. Gureckis
office hours: by appt.
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.
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