Course Info: CS-0298

CourseCS-0298 Words, Faces and Other Minds
Long TitleWords, Faces and Other Minds
Note(s) Prerequisites Required
Textbook information
Meeting InfoAdele Simmons Hall 221 on M,W from 9:00-10:20
FacultyJoanna Morris
Cumulative Skill(s)Writing and Research
Additional InfoIn this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research.

Human social interaction relies upon the ability to correctly attribute beliefs, goals, and percepts to other people. This set of meta-representational abilities -- a "theory of mind" -- allows us to understand the behaviour of others. Individuals with autism are often thought to lack a theory of mind as they show impairments on tasks testing this ability, as well as impairments on tasks involving language and face processing. In this course we examine the links between these three domains -- language, face processing and social cognition -- and the role each plays in helping us navigate the social world. Prerequisite: One prior course in cognitive science, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, comparative psychology, linguistics, neuroscience or any other relevant area.