Course Redesign Meeting
(C&P Happy Hour: Friday 4pm Charley's. Be there!) Colleagues, Many of you may know that, as of last month, the status of Cognitive Psychology was officially changed from that of a soft to a hard science. This means that Instructors will be required to act in a "more scientific" manner. We must take a cue from our brethren in the other established sciences in both the social and fashion senses. Beginning this semester, no more than 2 members of this program may engage in any activity deemed "social" unless said individuals are accomplishing science related work. In addition, matched clothing is prohibited, and each individual must observe a monthly shower quota to be announced at a later date. And of course, all instructors will be required to wear white lab coats, like the other real scientists. Finally, in an attempt to develop a more rigorous program, there comes a need to redefine the nature of the courses being taught. Therefore there will be a mandatory (work related) meeting on Friday at 4pm at Goodtime Charley's to discuss the new curriculum. During this meeting we will not drink any beer or relax with friends. Below is a tentative list of changed courses. I expect you'll know it by heart by 4pm at Charley's (outside if its nice, inside if its not). TENTATIVE COURSE CHANGES REVISED 28-AUGUST-1997 PSY 642 FULL CONTACT METACOGNITION Prof. Bill Gehring This class is designed to separate the wheat from the chaff among undergraduate psychology students. Each class, Professor Gehring, along with the GSI of his choice will engage in a no holds barred cage match of metacognitive wit with two students. Class will include such topics as, knowing that you know I'm gonna kick your butt. In addition, guest lecturer Dave "Big Dave" Meyer will demonstrate his famous Bottleneck hold. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. Doctor's note. PSY 649 INTRODUCTION TO REALLY, REALLY COMPLEX SYSTEMS Prof. John Holland In this course, based on the simple presupposition that within a system, individual agents can be not only adaptive, but also very wiley, we will explore what happens when a complex adaptive system tries to confuse you by behaving in a really, really complex manner. This includes such phenomena as, an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of Holland Classifiers, very smart ants, and the inexplicable popularity of the music group Hanson. PSY 748 ADVANCED MODELLING Prof. Thad Polk Whether you want to build a model, or just look like one, this class is for you. Interspersed throughout discussions of ACT*, SOAR, and EPIC, Prof. Polk will provide tips on looking good, and succeeding in the competitive world of modelling. Topics will include, poise, make-up, smile, and working memory. In addition, each student will be required to build his/or her own model. Texts: Anderson, 1983 & Vogue, 1997 PSY 808 002 SPECIAL SEMINAR: HIGH DIMENSIONAL VISUALIZATION THROUGH RUBBING YOUR EYES REAL HARD. Prof. George Furnas In this groundbreaking class, Prof. Furnas will teach students how they can alter their visual field to enable visualization of data up to 15-dimensions. Students will be expected to provide their own data, and eye drops. This course is based on his wildly popular presentation at last week's C&P Conference. Prerequisites: Cannot wear contact lenses. Also note the following new crosslisted course: PSY 439 THE INTELLIGENT RAT Prof. Steve Maren This class will focus on new data that suggest that the humble laboratory rat has an IQ significantly higher than the average college freshman. These findings will be discussed in a framework that can be used to explain a wide range of psychological effects. For example, it has been repeatedly shown that rats are more competant in laboratory tasks than most freshmen. This includes everything from actually showing up on time, to understanding experimental instructions. In addition, rats have been shown to write better essays, and have learned to drink in moderation. Thank you for your attention to this most important announcement. See you at 4!