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    Jul 22, 2019  
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PSY-724A Mind in Technology

4 semester credits
Inspired by Vygotsky’s Mind in Society, this seminar reimagines technology as a kind of psycho-social and cultural environment that envelops, entangles and exists in tension with cognitive functioning. We explore cognition in and through the lens of current questions that set in relief the relationship between cognition, new technologies and the current digital moment. Topics covered include: cognitive theories and assumptions they make about mind and technology; memory in media environments; technology and attention; visual culture, perception and technology; viral culture and cognition; cognition and mental maps and immersion as a property of cognition.
Pre-requisites: PSY-525 , PSY-533  
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):  

  1. Apply cognitive theories to current tech and media environment.
  2. Develop understanding of memory as cognitive process as aspects of this process (attention, short and long term memory, encoding, retrieval) present themselves in new and developing media environments
  3. Develop understanding of perception as cognitive process (for example, bottom up and top down perception) as these issues present themselves in new and developing media environment.
  4. Understand constructive nature of cognition: difference between physical and psychological, social, cultural and virtual realities.



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