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    Vassar College
  Jan 20, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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COGS 282 - Modeling Minds, Brains, and Behavior

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
In this course students learn to apply computational methods to the study of minds, brains, and behavior. The course covers several frameworks for modeling, including symbolic, connectionist (sub-symbolic), probabilistic (including Bayesian), and agent-based perspectives. A major focus of the course is to appreciate that each of these approaches has merits and that, depending on the phenomenon of interest, different modeling tools might be needed.  Hands-on experience with modeling experimental data and computer programming are essential parts of the course, but no prior programming experience is required. In addition to the importance of these approaches for students in Cognitive Science, the techniques explored are also of value to students in Neuroscience and Behavior as well as other behavioral sciences. Josh de Leeuw.

Prerequisite(s): COGS 100  or NEUR /PSYC 241  or NEUR /PSYC 243 ; or permission of the instructor.

One 75-minute period and one 2-hour period.

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