This course will cover the basics of human cognition, a field of study that includes sensation, perception, learning and memory. In short, cognition is the study of how we take in information about the world, make sense of it, store it for later use, and then (try to) retrieve it when we think it will come in handy.
The diversity of the information we encounter and situations in which we immerse ourselves ensures that we will have much to discuss this semester. The course is basically going to follow the path I have just laid out.
We will start talking about sensation, how our eyes, ears, nose and mouth have developed to see, hear, smell and taste. We will then trace the path of environmental inputs through perception (making sense of what we see) and learning and memory. Along the way, we will talk about and participate in lots of experiments so that we can see first-hand how cognitive science has progressed.