9.65 Cognitive Processes

Spring 2004

Descartes representation of how the visual system perceives objects.
Descartes' representation of how the visual system perceives objects. (Image by René Descartes. L'Homme de Rene Descartes. Paris: Charles Angot, 1664, Ministère de l'éducation nationale. 1897 Œuvres de Descartes L. Cerf.)

Course Highlights

This course features a set of downloadable lecture notes.

Course Description

This undergraduate course is designed to introduce students to cognitive processes. The broad range of topics covers each of the areas in the field of cognition, and presents the current thinking in this discipline. As an introduction to human information processing and learning, the topics include the nature of mental representation and processing, the architecture of memory, pattern recognition, attention, imagery and mental codes, concepts and prototypes, reasoning and problem solving.
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Prof. Mary C. Potter

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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