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Philosophy - Neuroscience - Psychology Program Courses

PNP Seminar:

Philosophy-neuroscience-psychology 495 - Spring 2020

Co-taught by a philosopher (Carl Craver) and Susan Fitzpatrick, a neuroscientist and the president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, a foundation funding pioneering new research on brains and cognition, this seminar will explore the diverse models scientists use as the experimental basis for studying the mind and cognition. In artificial intelligence, for example, the computer is the model for the architecture of the mind. In comparative cognition, chimps, horses, slugs and scrub jays are used as models for explaining aspects of human cognition. In robotics, the mind is modeled through dynamic, closely-coupled interactions with the environment. And in dynamical systems, cognitive systems are understood on a continuum spanning simple physical systems, such as a pendulum or coupled oscillators to complex, emergent systems in biology. Drawing on our distinct perspectives in philosophy, neuroscience, science policy, and scientific philanthropy, we will investigate how these different models have and have not contributed to progress in the cognitive neurosciences. Prerequisite: PNP major in second semester Junior or Senior standing with a 300-level course in philosophy or PNP, graduate standing or the permission of the instructor.
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