|Instructor Info:||Joanna Morris|
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|TA Info:||Jolie Anderson|
The problem of explaining how the brain enables human conscious experience remains a great mystery of human knowledge. This course is an introduction to cognitive neuroscience in which we will attempt to examine the neural underpinnings of the mind's complex processes, paying particular attention to vision. Cognitive neuroscience incorporates elements of physiological psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. In this course we will become familiar with the tools of research used in cognitive neuroscience and with questions that motivate researchers in the field.
By the end of this course students should:
Students are required to attend class, participate in discussions, take notes when necessary, do assigned readings, and complete all assignments. If a class is missed, students are responsible for the material covered.The required assignments MUST be submitted to receive an evaluation in this course. Any student who does not complete all assignments in a timely fashion, and to a satisfactory standard, will not receive an evaluation for the course.
Expectations of work completed outside the classroom
In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
All work should be submitted via the course website (instructions will be provided). Except in exceptional circumstances, I will not accept e-mailed work.
You will have several short assignments due throughout the semester. These assignments will be based on the reading, and they are designed to allow me to evaluate your comprehension of the material.
You are required to write an 8-10 page research proposal consisting of a literature review justifying or motivating your proposed research, a testable hypothesis, clear quantitative predictions that derive from that hypothesis, and a detailed description of an empirical study designed to test those predictions.
The proposal can be on any topic of your choice as long as it is related to the subject matter of the course. Your literature review should be organised around, and related directly your research question. In the methods section of the proposal you will formulate a specific hypothesis, generate quantitative predictions and discuss how the data you might collect would support or disprove your hypothesis.
Grade Weighting Scheme
For Five College students the grades are weighted as follows:
Peer Review 5%
Faculty are not obligated to negotiate an incomplete. In those cases where a student has requested and the faculty member agrees that an incomplete is appropriate, that information must be recorded no later than the course completion summary deadline for that semester.
To record an incomplete, both student and faculty member will fill out the appropriate form to record the new negotiated deadline by which the student will complete all remaining work for the course. That date will not exceed the first day of the spring semester for a fall incomplete, and June 30th for a spring incomplete.
If the negotiated deadline passes without the faculty member receiving and recording the completed work from the student, the incomplete will be converted to a "No Evaluation." Faculty have one month from the negotiated date to evaluate the work.
Students experiencing exceptional circumstances that could make it difficult to adhere to any part of this policy should immediately be referred to CASA for assistance with accommodating circumstances
All Hampshire College students and faculty, whether at Hampshire or at other institutions, are bound by the ethics of academic integrity. The entire description and college policy can be found in Non Satis Non Scire at http://handbook.hampshire.edu under Academic Policies/Ethics of Scholarship. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s work as one’s own. Both deliberate and inadvertent misrepresentations of another’s work as your own are considered plagiarism and are serious breaches of academic honesty and integrity. All sources used or consulted in the process of writing papers, examinations, preparing oral presentations, course assignments, artistic productions, and so on, must be cited. Sources include material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students, faculty, or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas.
All cases of suspected plagiarism or academic dishonesty will be referred to the Dean of Advising who will review documentation and meet with student and faculty member. Individual faculty, in consultation with the Dean of Advising, will decide the most appropriate consequence in the context of the class. This can range from revising and resubmitting an assignment to failing the course. Beyond the consequence in the course, CASA considers first offences as opportunities for education and official warning. Multiple or egregious offences will have more serious consequences. Suspected instances of other breaches of the ethics of academic integrity, such as the falsification of data, will be treated with the same seriousness as plagiarism and will follow the same process.
The required textbook for this course is : Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2009). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (4th Ed.) W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.: NY.
The textbook is available from the Hampshire College Bookstore:
as well as from amazon.com:
Cheaper electronic versions are also available from Norton:
All other readings will be made available on the course website on moodle: http://moodle.hampshire.edu
Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Citation Management Software: http://www.zotero.org
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