The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II

Five images illustrating the main concepts of this course: face recognition, sentence tree, photographs of twins, Rodin's The Thinker, and human fMRI brain scan.

Image 1: Face recognition. (Image by Prof. Pawan Sinha.); Image 2: Photographs of twins. (Image by Prof. Steven Pinker.); Image 3: Sentence tree. (Image by Prof. Edward Gibson.); Image 4: Rodin's The Thinker. (Image by Prof. Lera Boroditsky.); Image 5. Midsaggital fMRI human brain scan. (Image courtesy of MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)


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Spring 2002



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Course Description

Course Description

This course is the second half of the intensive survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences curriculum. Each module of this core course involves a series of overview lectures by leading researchers in the field. By offering a thorough introduction to the current state of the discipline while emphasizing critical thinking, the course aims to prepare students as cognitive scientists.

Topics include: perception, attention, working memory, recognition and recall, language, and other issues in cognitive science. Topics are covered from the neural, behavioral and computational perspectives.

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Earl Miller, and Nancy Kanwisher. 9.012 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II. Spring 2002. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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