At the end of this course, you:
The level that is achieved is that you are able to critically read and evaluate recent research (papers) in the field, up to a level that you can later use them to develop your own research proposals for individual projects (e.g., for your MSc thesis research).
- Can evaluate novel theories and models in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and Theoretical Linguistics.
- Develop your own proposals for new experiments, models, and/or theories in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and Theoretical Linguistics.
In order to be a good scientist and a good practitioner within the fields of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, it is important that you are up to date with the latest theories and models in your field. Moreover, you should be able to critically evaluate such research. For example by being critical about its contribution, the applied method, and its application.|
Once you understand these theories, you should be able to develop your own new hypotheses, experiments, and models based on existing theory such that you can further science and practice.
You will train these skills in this course. Specifically, you will gain insight in the various novel findings within Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, in particular as made by researchers at Utrecht's department of Psychology and department of Linguistics. You will discuss research with the PIs that conducted the research, you will critique this work, and you will develop your own research proposals that build on this and other work.
The course goals will be examined in the following ways:
- Students will read recent research papers and attend seminars on recent research. They will submit questions about this research upfront and actively discuss the research with the expert researcher and fellow students. This will help them improve their ability to evaluate research. The lecturers will assess performance.
- Students will develop and present their own research proposals for new experiments, models, and/or theories. These will be graded.
- Students will critique the proposals of other students. This will again help them to develop proposals and to evaluate novel theories and models. The lecturers will assess performance.
|This course is open to all students in the AINM program. |
For students from other programs it is advised that they have some interest and familiarity with (cognitive) psychology and (formal) linguistics (e.g., read chapters of introductory textbooks).
Such knowledge can for example be gained in the course “Experimentation in Psychology and Linguistics” (INFOMEPL) which is offered in the 3rd block of the academic year.
When in doubt, please contact the course coordinator.