Cognitive science is the study of how intelligent beings (including people, animals, and machines) perceive, act, know, and think.
Cog Sci explores the process and content of thought as observed in individuals, distributed through communities, manifested in the structure and meaning of language, modeled by algorithms, and contemplated by philosophies of mind.
Cogs Sci draws from many disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, logic, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy. Models are tested using evidence from psychological experiments, clinical studies, field studies, computer simulations, and neurophysiological observation.
About the UCONN Cognitive Science Program
The Cognitive Science Program’s mission is to provide interdisciplinary, high-quality training to undergraduate and graduate students in the science of the human mind. We aim to be a hub for Cognitive Science education at the University of Connecticut by serving as the point of intersection for the diverse approaches and perspectives from the fields of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, and speech and hearing sciences. Academic preparation includes theoretical and experimental foundations of cognitive science, and the opportunity for laboratory and field research. Our mission aligns with the institution and college missions of fostering innovative scholarship, diversity, and facilitating faculty-student interactions outside the classroom.
We support an undergraduate degree program (BA, BS, minor), a doctoral certificate program (open to non-degree students), and a colloquium series. The goal of the Colloquia is to create a forum for common intellectual exchange between students and faculty affiliates on a diverse range of topics within the field of Cognitive Sciences.
Announcement: The Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate is now open to UConn students and non-degree students. Please see the Graduate Certificate Application process webpage for more information.
NSF GRFP Awardee Panel (Virtual)10:00am
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Other WebExAttention graduate (1st and 2nd year PhD, Master's considering the PhD) students and undergraduate seniors! Come learn about the NSF GRFP and receive helpful tips on applying. Get your questions answered from a panel of award recipients.
Important Notes: Eligibility for this award requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency; for more information about NSF GRFP please visit: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/.
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Social Epistemology Working Group: Lauren Leydon-Hardy (Amherst)2:00pm
Thursday, October 6th, 2022
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Storrs Campus UCHI (Humanities Institute) Seminar Room, Homer Babbidge LibraryLauren Leydon-Hardy (Amherst)
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Logic Colloquium: Zoe Ashton (OSU)11:15am
Friday, October 7th, 2022
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Storrs Campus, Storrs Campus Hybrid: ITE 336 & ZoomJoin us in the Logic Colloquium!
Zoe Ashton (OSU)
"How the Standard View of Rigor and the Standard Practice of Mathematics Clash"
Mathematical proofs are rigorous – it’s part of what distinguishes proofs from other argument types. But the quality of rigor, relatively simple for the trained mathematician to spot, is difficult to explicate. The most common view, often referred to as the standard view of rigor, is that “a mathematical proof is rigorous iff it can be converted into a formal derivation” (Burgess & De Toffoli (2022)). Each proponent of the standard view interprets “conversion” differently. For some, like Hamami (2022), conversion means algorithmic translation while others, like Burgess (2015), interpret it as just revealing enough steps of the formal derivation.
In this talk, I aim to present an overarching concern for the standard view. I’ll argue that no extant version of the standard view makes sense of how mathematicians make rigor judgments. Both Hamami (2022) and Tatton-Brown (2021) have both attempted to account for mathematicians’ rigor judgments using the standard view. I’ll argue that both still fail to adequately account for mathematical practice by positing that mathematicians engage in either algorithmic proof search and/or extensive training in formal rigor.
We seem to be left with two options: continue trying to amend the standard view or introduce a new account of rigor which is practice-focused. I’ll argue that issues with the two accounts are general issues that will likely occur for future formulations of the standard view. Thus, we should aim to introduce a new account of informal, mathematical rigor. I’ll close by sketching a new account of rigor related to the audience-based view of proof introduced in Ashton (2021).
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Geography Colloquium - UConn Environmental Corps12:15pm
Friday, October 7th, 2022
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Storrs Campus AUST 445UConn Environment Corps: real world experience for undergrads, real assistance for Connecticut communities
The UConn Environment Corps (E-Corps) is a multi-college effort that began in 2017 with an Academic Plan seed grant from the Office of the Provost. E-Corps combines classroom instruction, service learning, and Extension outreach in a new model originally targeting Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Engineering majors. The three current E-Corps courses each focus on the local impacts of, and responses to, pressing environmental issues: climate resilience and adaptation, brownfields redevelopment, and stormwater management. A classroom semester emphasizing active learning is followed by a practicum semester where student teams conduct projects for towns and other partners recruited through ongoing Extension (or Extension-like) outreach programs. To date, E-Corps courses have enrolled about 450 students, and student teams have completed over 100 community projects. Our presentation will include an overview of the program and some details about the instructional practices and community work of each of the three courses. In addition, we’ll briefly discuss the results of a study of former E-Corps students who have since graduated. We’ll finish with a discussion of future plans for the program and whether a Geography-based E-Corps course might be developed.
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