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Intro to Cognitive Science

Jan 20, 2023

Hello everyone! 👋🏻

I am excited to share that this semester, I will be taking the Intro to Cognitive Science class as part of my MSc in Computer Science program at Georgia Tech. As someone who is deeply interested in human psychology and the power of the mind, I believe that understanding cognitive science is crucial in order to fully understand the implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field that combines insights from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science to study the mind and how it processes information. The field is concerned with how we perceive, think, and remember, and how these processes shape our experiences and behaviors.

One of the most exciting things about cognitive science is that it provides a framework for understanding how our minds work, which can be applied to a wide range of fields. As a front-end engineer, for example, understanding cognitive science can help me design more user-friendly interfaces that are better suited to the way our brains process information. In the context of AI, cognitive science can be used to develop more sophisticated AI systems that can better mimic human thought processes and decision-making.

In this class, I am learning about the different theories of cognitive science and how they are used to understand different aspects of the mind. I am also learning about the different methods and techniques used to study the mind, such as experiments, brain imaging, and computational models.

One of the most interesting topics we have covered so far is the study of perception. The way we perceive the world around us is not a direct representation of reality, but rather a construct of our brain. Our brain takes in information from our senses and then processes it to form a coherent perception of the world. This process is not always accurate, as our brain can sometimes make mistakes, such as optical illusions.

Another interesting topic is the study of memory. Memory is a complex process that involves encoding, storage, and retrieval. We have different types of memories, such as short-term and long-term memories, and different processes for each one. Understanding how memory works can help us to better design systems that can store and retrieve information, such as search engines and databases.

Overall, I am really enjoying this class and I am excited to see how the insights from cognitive science can be applied to my work as a front-end engineer and my interest in AI so I am looking forward to continue my studies in this field.

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more! ✨