Language and Thought|
This course provides a close examination on the relationship between language and thought, a central question in cognitive science and a very active area of research and theory in recent years. Students will be exposed to theoretical and empirical work evaluating several prominent hypotheses about language and thought, including the hypothesis that the language you speak influences or even determines the thoughts you can think. The case studies to be evaluated will include object kinds, number, spatial relations, time, gender, theory of mind, and causality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 - Summer Session II|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Students will read primary source readings from empirical journals and selected review papers in books or journals. Readings will draw on empirical studies in psychology with a particular emphasis on cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies. The theoretical foundation will draw from psychology as well as philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, and anthropology. Authors to be read include Barner, Boroditsky, Carey, Carruthers, Clark, Fodor, Gleitman, Gordon, Jackendoff, Landau, Laurence, Locke, Margolis, Pinker, Slobin, Spelke, and Whorf.
|Examination and Assignments: |
6 one-page response papers; short quizzes; final essay; and discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is an elective course towards the psychology major.
|Instructor(s): Shusterman,Anna Times: .MTWRF. 11:00AM-12:40PM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 25||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 6||SO: 6||FR: 6|