PSYC-114 Philosophy of Psychology: Cognitive Science
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Philosophy of psychology is concerned with the main principles presupposed by psychology as a science, In this course we focus on psychology as `cognitive science’. In the first part the requirements for a discipline to be counted as a science are spelled out with reference to the history of attempts to create a psychological science. The principles on which the analysis of psychological phenomena are based are covered in the second section, leading on to a study of computational models of cognition (Artificial Intelligence) based on the analogy between brains and computers. Connectionism, the most recent development in computer based psychology, is explained and illustrated by detailed study of the use of connectionist models in the neuropsychology of some important cognitive process, such as remembering. Prerequisite: PSYC-001.
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