Academic Catalog

COGS555 CONNECTION.AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Course Code: 9020555
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Cognitive Sciences
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. ANNETTE EDELTRAUD HOHENBERGER
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Content

History and development of connectionism. The dispute between nativism and empiricism; symbols and rules vs. patterns and associations; connectionism and the cognitive sciences; connectionism and dynamical systems; perspectives and limitations of connectionism. Basic concepts of connectionist networks. Learning to work and doing exercises with a simple connectionist network (T-learn). Applications of connectionist modelling: human cognitive development, language acquisition (the English past tense debate), language production and processing, person perception, human consciousness, music.