Grounded Cognition – 2-IKV-236/15
The course objective is to provide students with deeper insight into up-to-date research trends in cognitive science, from the perspective of various disciplines (psychological, neural and computational). The course focus is on grounded (embodied) cognition, and its relation to language. The course should also help students in their ability to interpret scientific papers, to formulate, present and defend ideas.
The course is a part of Master Programme in Cognitive Science.
- 11. 9. 2018
- We start on Tuesday, 25th September.
Note: Papers marked with (*) are offered for student's presentation.
|25.09.||Introduction to language and key issues about concepts.|
|02.10.||Towards embodied cognition.||
♦ Wilson M. (2002).
Six views of embodied cognition. Psychonomics Bulletin Review, 9(4), 625-636.
|09.10.||Mirror neuron system -- and its role(s) in cognition.||
♦ Rizzolatti G. & Sinigaglia C. (2010).
The functional role of the parieto-frontal mirror circuit: Interpretations and misinterpretations. Nature Rev. Neurosci., 11, 264-274.
|16.10.||Common coding theory, motor simulation, mental simulation.||
♦ Jeannerod M.J. (2001).
Neural simulation of action: A unifying mechanism for motor cognition, NeuroImage, 14, 103–109, doi:10.1006/nimg.2001.0832
|23.10.||Language as action.||
♦ Glenberg A. & Kaschak M. (2002)
Grounding language in action. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9(3), 558-565.
|30.10.||Conceptual and linguistic systems - two theories.||
♦ Barsalou L. et al. (2008).
Language and simulation in conceptual processing. In: de Vega, Glenberg & Graesser (eds), Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on Meaning and Cognition, OUP, 245-283.
|06.11.||Language as cognitive tool.||
♦ Mirolli M., Parisi D. (2009).
Towards a Vygotskyan cognitive robotics: The role of language as a cognitive tool. New Ideas in Psychology, doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2009.07.001
|13.11.||Symbol grounding, autonomous construction of meaning.||
♦ Steels L. (2008)
The symbol grounding problem has been solved, so what’s next?. In: de Vega, Glenberg & Graesser (eds), Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on Meaning and Cognition, OUP, 223-244.
|20.11.||Meaning as statistical covariation.||
♦ Landauer T., Dumais D. (2008)
Latent semantic analysis, Scholarpedia, 3(11):4356.
♦ Louwerse M. (2010).
Symbol interdependency in symbolic and embodied cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1-30, doi:10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01106.x
|11.12.||Group discussion, reflection.||tba|
- Activity during the semester (50%). This includes weekly submitting inputs to the moderator and an active participation during discussions.
- Paper presentation and moderation (30%). You will select a topic for presentation, collect the inputs from other students in advance, organize them (details will be explained) and you will moderate the discussion.
- Final reflection (20%). You will write a two-page essay, that will include answers to two points: 1. How you understood the main issues we dealt with (trying to include open questions, if any), 2. How the learnt content enriched your existing knowledge.
- Overall grading (in %): A > 90, B > 80, C > 70, D > 60, E > 50, else Fx.