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BMI 831: Cognitive Science for Brain-Mind Research

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Juyang (John) Weng, PhD
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Cognitive Science Program
Neuroscience Program
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA

A 3-week distance-learning course, 3 credits, May 29 - June 16, 2017
BMI 831 2016, BMI 831 2015, BMI 831 2014, BMI 831 2013

Course Description

A survey of the psychological subjects, with an emphasis on cognitive science. Principles of animal learning and behavior, including habituation, sensitization, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, extinction, blocking, rehearsal, transfer, serial pattern learning, chunking, and language comprehension.

Textbook: Mark A. Gluck, Eduardo Mercado, and Catherine Myers, Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior, 2nd edition, ISBN: 978-1429240147, Worth Publishers, New York, 2013.

The course syllabus.

Short bio

Juyang (John) Weng is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He is also a visiting professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He received his BS degree from Fudan University in 1982, his MS and PhD degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985 and 1989, respectively, all in Computer Science.  From August 2006 to May 2007, he is also a visiting professor at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science of MIT.   His research interests include computational biology, computational neuroscience, computational developmental psychology, biologically inspired systems, computer vision, audition, touch, behaviors, and intelligent robots.  He is the author or coauthor of over 250 research articles.  He is an editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development. He has chaired and cochaired some conferences, including the NSF/DARPA funded Workshop on Development and Learning 2000 (1st ICDL), 2nd ICDL (2002), 7th ICDL (2008),  8th ICDL (2009), and INNS NNN 2008. He was the Chairman of the Governing Board of the International Conferences on Development and Learning (ICDLs) (2005-2007, ), chairman of the Autonomous Mental Development Technical Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2004-2005), an associate editor of IEEE Trans. on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, an associate editor of IEEE Trans. on Image Processing. He is a Fellow of IEEE.