Class Sessions: The first half of the class begins with a group discussion of the paper,
including relevant background and scientific concepts. This discussion is led by the facilitators
(schedule below). As with all aspects of the course - participation from the entire class will be
encouraged. In the second half of the class, the weekly guest speaker will provide a short talk or
presentation and then lead a review, critical discussion and analysis of the paper with the class.
Students will have the opportunity to directly interact with the guest facilitator, asking questions about the article, their research interests, etc. Students are encouraged to email facilitators any questions that remain after discussion.
Weekly Assignments: Students are responsible for reading the paper and responding to
questions and prompts about the work via bCourses ( http://bcourses.berkeley.edu/ ). This
weekly homework is due before class. Responses are checked by the facilitators and graded on completeness and thoughtfulness, not correctness.
Mini-Project: Mid-way through the semester, students will be required to make an appointment
with a professor (or grad student/post-doctoral fellow) of their choice and engage them in a
short discussion about their research. Afterwards, students will submit a summary of the
discussion on bCourses.
Presentations: Towards the end of the semester, students will be required to give a short
presentation to the class on a Cognitive Science article of their choice. Students can work either
alone or in small groups (2-3 people) for this project.
Attendance: 9 out of 10 classes are required, 9 out of 10 weekly assignments required, must complete midterm project, must attend final class date to give final presentation. Exceptions can be made for excused absences given that the student submits a make-up assignment as described in the syllabus.