Title Instructor Credit
Academic Writing for Cognitive Science

This course aims at improving oral and written presentation skills that are vital for Cognitive Scientists. How does one present experimental results most effectively in a paper? What are good strategies for dealing with reviewers’ comments when revising a paper? How does one write a review? What makes for a good oral presentation? Course participants will learn about all of these and many more aspects of exposition through hands-on experience.

Venue: Frankel Leo 30-34, room 206.

Time: Mondays between 13:30 and 1510.

Natalie Sebanz 2.0
Bayesian Data Analysis
József Fiser 2.0
Behavioural Game Theory Christophe Heintz 2.0
Communicative and cultural knowledge transmission
György Gergely 2.0
Empirical and philosophical issues in the study of human cooperation and communication

The importance, diversity, and richness of the forms of cooperation and communication human engage in are without par among animal species. These interactions are in a relationship of mutual enhancement with four factors: evolved psychological capacities, protracted cognitive development, complex sociality, and culture.

Dan Sperber 2.0
Evolutionary Psychology

If brains and minds are products of evolution, how have evolutionary processes shaped them to do what they do? In this course we will investigate how evolutionary theory and methods can be combined with the study of development, genetics, cognition, and neuroscience to attempt to deconstruct the mind’s functional structures and understand how they evolved.

Prof. Clark Barrett 2.0
Experimental Research Methods

József Fiser 2.0
How to design good experiments in Cognitive Science

The aim of the course is to enhance the participants’ understanding of how research questions in Cognitive Science can be addressed with experimental designs. The course will enable the participants to turn well-formulated questions about the mind and brain into experiments that produce well interpretable results. It also aims to improve participants’ ability to judge whether experiments do or do not support the conclusions drawn from them.

Guenther Knoblich 2.0
Infant cognition

This course introduces students to the ongoing research at the Cognitive Development Center. It provides an overview of contemporary theories and research techniques of cognitive development of human infants below 2 years of age, focusing on the domain of social cognition. The course also involves laboratory practice to familiarize students with research techniques including behavioral, eye-tracking and neuroimaging methods.

Gergely Csibra
György Gergely
Ágnes Melinda Kovács
Introduction to Cognitive Science

This course will give a broad overview of the fundamental assumptions and findings in Cognitive Science, the interdisciplinary study of the mind. The lectures in the first half of the course will cover the main ideas that have been driving the study of the human mind for the last fifty years. These will include the view that the mind functions like a digital computer, the view that the mind functions like a neural network, and the view that the mind should be conceived of as a dynamical system closely tied to the environment.

Guenther Knoblich 2.0
Introduction to language and social cognition

Humans are special in having a communication system that employs complex language(s) and advanced social cognition. This course offers an introduction to current research on how these advanced human capacities interact. Language is discussed as a cognitive ability as well as a central feature of human social interaction. During the meetings we discuss how the prominent models and theories of language explain linguistic phenomena that relate to social cognition. What is universal, what is language or culture specific?

Anne Tamm 2.0
Joint Action

This course will cover recent theories and empirical research addressing the human ability to perform actions together. We will review theories highlighting the role of thinking and planning ahead as well as theories focusing on basic perceptual and motor processes that allow people to perform highly coordinated actions such as dancing a tango together. We will discuss research articles reporting behavioral and neuroscience experiments in this rapidly growing field. The course will also provide an overview of the different research methods that have been used in joint action research.

Natalie Sebanz
Guenther Knoblich
Political Philosophy 2.: Cognitive science and policy making Christophe Heintz 4.0
Social and cognitive sciences approaches to religion

Explaining religion has been a main goal of the social sciences and in particular of anthropology. It has now become an important goal for naturalistic approaches to culture (cognitive and evolutionary). This course will explore both the tensions and the potential complementarities between social-scientific and naturalistic approaches by looking at the way they frame and try to answer central questions in the study of religion and in particular of beliefs and ritual (NB: the specific topics and readings will be different from last year).



Dan Sperber 2.0
Social Cognition

What are the psychological bases of the rich social interactions and cultural life that characterise human societies? This course will review some of the answers provided by recent studies in cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology and cognitive anthropology. It will cover a wide range of topics related to social cognition, including:

Christophe Heintz 2.0
Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology

In this course we will discuss the interpretation of certain concepts that are used as explanatory constructs by empirical psychological and neuroscientific research. Arguably, the use of concepts like ‘free will’, ‘embodied cognition’, ‘intention’, ‘essence’ and others sometimes involves controversial, and often hidden, assumptions, which might misguide empirical research or lead to misinterpretation of its results.

Gergely Csibra
Hanoch Ben-Yami
Visual perception and learning in the brain

This course will be built around the contemporary research of vision.

József Fiser 2.0
What makes us social

Human brains have mechanisms for interacting with other agents that evolution has fashioned over millions of years. They are largely hidden in the manner of built-in instincts. In the first five seminars we will survey a variety of mechanisms for learning from others that are shared across many species. In seminars 5 to 8 we will consider mentalising, a mechanism that works particularly well in the niche created by human beings. In the last 4 seminars we will consider how social learning allows humans to built up culture.

Chris Frith
Uta Frith