Principles of Cognitive Science (G5118E)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

How do our minds work?

In this module, you answer this question from the perspective of classical cognitive science, which treats the mind as a processor of information.

Over the last 50 years, cognitive scientists have gained deep insights into how we think and what makes us intelligent.

We will investigate how the mind receives, transforms, stores, retrieves and transmits information in order to understand how we comprehend the world, reason, solve problems, remember, develop skills and learn.

In addition to studying the variety, power and limitations of our cognitive capabilities, you analyse and explain the nature of exceptional cognitive abilities, such as creativity and expertise, but we will also see that even seemingly simple everyday tasks involves a surprising richness and complexity of cognition.

A key part of the module will be a case study on a task of your own choosing, which you investigate using the core concepts and models presented in the seminars.

Teaching

100%: Seminar

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: