INT 200C Foundations of Cognitive Science (Spring 2007)

Instructor: Richard E. Mayer (
Time: F 3:30-5:00 pm
Place: Psychology 1314 (SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind)
Units: 2

The purpose of the Cognitive Science Seminar is to familiarize you with the main ideas and topics in cognitive science, by introducing you to a series of distinguished faculty speakers from the core disciplines of cognitive science, by reading and discussing key papers in cognitive science, and by having students present summaries of their research plans to the group for discussion. Our focus in the Spring Quarter (INT 200C) will be on student research and on student-led discussions of key papers in cognitive science. As part of the Cognitive Science Seminar, some of our speakers will be invited outside speakers who visit UCSB in conjunction with the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. They will offer their perspectives on the study of mind. Our goal is to build an intellectual community of graduate students and faculty who are interested in studying aspects of how the human mind works. No prior experience in cognitive science is required. There is no textbook and no exam. You will be responsible for presenting a summary of your research plans or leading a discussion of a key paper in cognitive science.

Please note the room has changed to Psychology 1314, which is a comfortable conference room in the SAGE Center. Given the meeting time of the seminar, we will provide refreshments. The course is open to all graduate students, including both those who are in the Cognitive Science Program, those who are considering joining the program, and those who simply want to find out more about cognitive science. Interested faculty members are also invited to attend. For questions about this course or about adding the Cognitive Science Emphasis please contact Rich Mayer at mayer at psych dot ucsb dot edu.