John Limber, 108 Conant Hall. My phone is 2-3175 and e-mail address is
email@example.com. Students can also access my computer files on cognition,
language, and primates on Christa using lynx; at the prompt type :
Move "down" and then "right arrow" at "cognition" Note the key before jel, ~,
is a tilde not a quote.
This semester the course will explore the complex mental activities that all
seem to have a common concern with generating new ideas or creative, novel
behavior. Topics might include associative processes, consciousness,
creativity, dreaming, "mentalese" , writing, speech production,
problem-solving, thinking, analogy, metaphor, cognitive development, concept
formation, innate ideas, and anything else that is typically ignored or glossed
over in psychology as a product of "generalization" or "induction" or "history
Anyone expecting definitive answers should seek another course. I do
expect that you will come to see some common elements in these issues, realize
the problems with generalization, induction, history of reinforcement-- and
perhaps gain some useful information on these fundamental mental processes.
Students must have taken Psychology 513 or comparable Cognition course in
addition to Research Methods (502).
Everyone is expected to attend all classes and present a review of research on
one or more topics to the class.
Tentatively, you will be graded on the basis of class participation including
presentations, short written assignments, two essay exams, and a final research
report. (Honors students must complete some empirical research project.)
Smith, S. M., Ward, T. B., & Finke, R. A (1995). The creative
cognition approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
A number of readings will be on reserve.
Write me a short typed paper about yourself and your interests. Include the
What book(s) did you use in Psych. 513 or equivalent?
Limber, J Dream and language notes, 9/19/94. Two copies will be on
reserve, one copy will be in a folder by the coffee machine in the psychology
lounge, and it will be on Christa readable using lynx. somewhere in the
Mandler, G. (1995). Origins and consequences of novelty in Smith, Ward, &
Finke (eds.) The creative cognition approach., pp. 9-25.
Everyone should at least scan the Internet WWW sources on dreaming and related
topics, starting at my cognition page.