News for WS 2022/23

  New books in WS 2022/23:

  1. "A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins, 2021.
  2. "How emotions are made" by Lisa Feldman Barret
  3. "How we learn" by Stanislas Dehaene (epub)
  4. "Why smart people can be so stupid" by Robert J. Sternberg
Seminar Brain, Mind, and Cognition
Dozent: Klaus Diepold
Target Group: Students on the Master level
ECTS: 5 Credits
Contact Hours: 2 SWS
Turnus: Winter Term
Registration: Registration via TUMOnline
  Final Registration during the first meeting
Number of Participants:: Not limited
Place: Zoom (Link on Moodle)
Start: First meeting on 20.10.2022, 13:15 or 15:00

Target Audience

Elective Course for Students in a Masters degree program at TUM (e.g. MSEI, MSCE, MSPE, ...)

Language:

Englisch, participants should have a decent command of English language

Dates

on Thursdays

    Meeting 1:      13.15 - 14.45

    Meeting 2:      16:45 - 18:15

First meeting: October, 21st, 2021, 13:15 or 16:45

Credits

2 SWS, 5 ECTS

Contents

The course attempts to motivate the participants to actively think about the topic "Brain, Mind & Cognition" stimulated by reading and discussing books on this topic.

The seminar is structured like a reading circle. The participants read a book on the subject of "Brain, Mind & Cognition". Every week the group meets and discusses the main points of the current book. To this end we use various forms of group discussion (speed-dating, fishbowl, world cafe, debate, etc.).  Besides this oral processing participants are also asked to put down their thinking in writing, i.e., in the form of short essays on what has been said in the book and what it means to the individual. Review of the submitted essays is done in a peer-review style, i.e., students are reviewing.

It is the goal of this course to read and digest information, to stimulate new thoughts as well as to improve the spoken and written communication skills. The books are supposed to be jargon-free, interesting or even popular books on the topic, which are mostly with only very limited amount of mathematical notation.  

We will read the following books during the winter term 2022/2023:

  1. "A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins, 2021.
  2. "How emotions are made" by Lisa Feldman Barret
  3. "How we learn" by Stanislas Dehaene
  4. "Why smart people can be so stupid" by Robert J. Sternberg

Books read in earlier seminars

Exams

The final grade of this course is based on the submitted essays and the quality of the submitted reviews.

Moodle

The course will be administered in Moodle.