Course Description

Our survival (and the good life) depends on effective gathering of huge amounts of information, adequate processing, fast learning, and controlling the environment to secure predictability and adjustment. Our brain selects what to attend to, categorize and integrate perceptual input, makes inferences, establishes emotional and physical reactions to environmental cues, and activating all other systems (affective, behavioral, and physiological) with staggering speed and efficiency. These cognitive feats are executed extremely quickly and accurately with the help of mental short-cuts called "heuristics."

The concept of cognitive heuristics has caught on fire recently, infiltrating areas such as economics, music, ethics, social behavior, perception, problem solving, legal reasoning, categorization, rationality, mental health, attention and learning, and even some self-help literature. This course presents students with an opportunity to investigate this relatively new and highly useful theoretical way of thinking, from its conceptual analysis to theoretical and practical applications of its models to self-awareness as a of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.

GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd NS requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.

Catalog Information: COLL-S 105 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN N & M

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Course Instructor: Leah Savion

A faculty member in Philosophy and in Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Leah specializes in Mathematical Logic, Rationality theories, Heuristics and Biases in Medicine, Law, and Business, Educational Psychology, tennis and dancing.

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