-- AlyssaAlcorn - 01 Sep 2010

I think it is essential to have a "mission statement" for each of our themes. Why are we using these as the threads to tie the course together? What do we want to be the take-home message? Identify core skills, methodologies, research findings (if any), and general points about the nature of cognition and/or computation that we want to convey through each theme.

Memory/Attention Mission Statement suggestions:

  • Cognitive processing is selective: out of masses of incoming information (in this case, visual information), only a small amount is actually used at a given time. The brain uses heuristics (simplifying "assumptions") and prunes search spaces based on past experience. How can this be modelled? How do we make the right type and right degree of assumptions when modelling cognitive processes?
  • Key point: top-down vs. bottom-up processing. Use visual processing/attention to illustrate.

Lecture Breakdown:

3 units of 3 lectures each, accompanied by one lab and one tutorial per unit. The main topics, in order, are as follows.

  1. VisionUnit (1st full week of lectures, September 27th to October 1st, with lab/tutorial the next week)
  2. MemoryUnit
  3. AttentionUnit

Plus (suggested) 1 lecture each on: intro to peceptons/neural networks/ connectonism (coordinate with language strand), intro to reading research papers and research design, statistics?

Topic revision: r5 - 08 Sep 2010 - 19:52:22 - AlyssaAlcorn
 
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