EXTA65, 4.5 credits
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The course is offered as part of engineering education at LTH and is compulsory for: C2, D3; and optional for: E3, Pi4.

The course objectives is to provide basic understandings of the human as a knowledge- and information driven, and to give insight into cognitive science as a discipline.

It introduces basic cognitive science concepts such as perception, learning and memory, concept formation, communication, etc. It explains the different levels of description used in the study of information processes in humans: the neuro-cognitive (including neural network models), the psychological, the social-cognitive, and communication theoretical. The latter includes both ordinary human dialogue, and technology’s role in human communication and human-computer communication.

The final part of the course is to apply your knowledge about cognition. This includes knowledge regarding the design of objects in the human environment, in particular, technical systems and products. A brief introduction to the field of human-machine interaction in relation to cognitive science is given, and an introduction to a cognitive perspective on design. An important theme is the relationship between automatic and conscious cognitive processes and the role these processes play in human-technology context. A number of design principles, and the cognitive basis for it, are discussed. It also deals with cognitive variation as visual vs. verbal reasoning and cognitive consequences of variation in technology design.

Compulsory litterature:
– Norman, D A: The Design of Everyday Things, Doubleday/Currency, New York, 1990.
– Selection of articles

Optional litterature:
– Gärdenfors, P. and Wallin, A. (Eds). A Smorgasbord of Cognitive Science, Nya Doxa

Would you like to know more?
– Contact our guidance counselor at: +46 46 222 09 23 or studievagledare@lucs.lu.se
– Course coordinator: annika.wallin@lucs.lu.se