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Undergraduate courses in Symbolic Systems

SYMBSYS 10. Symbolic Systems Forum

A weekly lecture series, featuring different speakers who report on research of general interest to Symbolic Systems students and faculty. Regular attendance required for credit. May be repeated for credit.

1 unit, Aut (Davies, T), Win (Davies, T), Spr (Davies, T)

SYMBSYS 50. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

(Same as PSYCH 50.) Topics in human neuropsychology. The functional organization of the human nervous system and of brain imaging techniques (MRI, PET). Hemispheric specialization and the brain basis of perception, memory, language, emotion, spatial cognition, and problem solving. Neuropsychological deficits in neurological disorders and their implications in understanding normal function. Recommended: 1 GER: DB-NatSci

4 units, Win (McClure, S)

SYMBSYS 91. Junior Honors Seminar

Recommended for juniors doing an honors project during the following year. Defining a topic, choosing an adviser, considering overall goals. Resources at Stanford and some experiences of seniors discussed with guest speakers.

2 units, Win (Davies, T)

SYMBSYS 100. Introduction to Cognitive and Information Sciences

(Same as LINGUIST 144, PHIL 190, PSYCH 132.) The history, foundations, and accomplishments of the cognitive sciences, including presentations by leading Stanford researchers in artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. Overview of the issues addressed in the Symbolic Systems major. GER:DB-SocSci

4 units, Spr (Wasow, T; Roberts, E)

SYMBSYS 145. Cognition in Interaction Design

Interactive systems from the standpoint of human cognition. Topics include skill acquisition, complex learning, reasoning, language, perception, methods in usability testing, special computational techniques such as intelligent and adaptive interfaces, and design for people with cognitive disabilities. Students conduct analyses of real world problems of their own choosing and redesign/analyze a project of an interactive system. GER:DB-SocSci

3 units, Win (Shrager, J)

SYMBSYS 170. Decision Behavior: Theory and Evidence

(Same as SYMBSYS 270.) Introduction to the study of judgment and decision making, relating theory and evidence from disciplines such as psychology, economics, statistics, neuroscience, and philosophy. The development and critique of Homo economicus as a model of human behavior, and more recent theories based on empirical findings. Recommended: background in formal reasoning.

3-4 units, not given this year

SYMBSYS 190. Senior Honors Tutorial

Under the supervision of their faculty honors adviser, students work on their senior honors project. May be repeated for credit.

1-5 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

SYMBSYS 191. Senior Honors Seminar

Recommended for seniors doing an honors project. Under the leadership of the Symbolic Systems program coordinator, students discuss, and present their honors project.

2 units, Aut (Davies, T)

SYMBSYS 196. Independent Study

Independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. Can be repeated for credit.

1-15 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

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