Knowledge and Culture
The aim of the course is to provide an insight into the problem of knowledge representation. Our goal is to connect viewpoints of cognitive with that of the cultural. We start with the problem of knowledge acquisition, discussing the development of early concepts, the impact of language and subsequently the role of experience (expertise) in forming mental knowledge representations. With the presentation of dynamic conceptual representation models, with the help of discussing scheme and script concepts we connect the cultural and personal nature of knowledge.
- understanding the interaction between knowledge representation systems and the other cognitive mechanisms
- comprehensive theoretical interest
- ability to form new research questions based on the new approaches
Content of the course
Topics of the course
- the problem of knowledge acquisition,
- development of early concepts,
- the impact of language and subsequently the role of experience (expertise) in forming mental knowledge representations.
Learning activities, learning methods
Lectures and interactive discussions
Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:
- fieldwork/research in the topic of the cultural and mental representation of human-made artifacts.
mode of evaluation: examination
- Margolis, E., & Laurence, S. (2007). Creations of the mind. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
- Medin, D. L., & Atran, S. (eds.). (1999). Folkbiology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Quinn, P. C. (2011). Born to categorize. In U. Goswami (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell handbook of childhood cognitive development, (2nd ed.) (pp. 129-152). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Schank, R. C. (1999). Dynamic memory revisited. New York: Cambridge University Press.