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CODE 90691
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course offers an overview of the intersections between cognitive science and theories of the arts.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Cognitive science has deeply redefined paradigms and models of mental processes of perceptual and cognitive processes. The traditional philosophical problems concerning the relationships between bodily and mental experiences, the mutual interaction of intelligence and emotions, the mobile and often contradictory status of artistic products, their meaning and their use have acquired radically new dimensions. The dialogue between aesthetics, neuroscience and philosophy of mind enhables mutual fertilization between technological innovation and its possible applications to the arts, entertainment and rehabilitation.

PREREQUISITES

None.

TEACHING METHODS

Alternation between themes of cognitive science and their applications to the artistic field

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

1. The emergence of classical cognitive science
 From behaviorism to cognitive science
Examples of mental representations (grammars, mental models)
Functionalism
Propositional attitudes and Common Sense Psychology
Cognitive science and emotions
Functionalism and qualia
Limitations of behaviorism in explaining art
Usefulness of functionalism in explaining art
Case study: fiction imagination emotions

2. Visual perception
Visual perception 1: Marr
Visual perception 2 Gibson
Dorsal system and ventral system
Case study: pictorial perception

3. Connectionism
AI models are not necessarily models of cognition
Case study: image recognition and generation by deep learning

4. Robotics and cognition of the 4Es
New Robotics
Braitenberg
4E cognition
Case study: intereactivity in baroque fresco and haptic arts

5. Modularity and evolutionism
"Fodorian" vs. "massive" modularism
Modularism and evolutionary psychology
Problems of adaptive explanations
Case study: evolutionary aesthetics

6. Cognitive science and neuroscience
Neuroscience as a new horizon for cognitive science
Case study: neuroaesthetics

7. Language and communication
Syntax vs. semantics
Compositionality of meaning
Frege and antipsychologism
Fodor and compositionality in the mind
Pragmatics
Grice and speakers' intentions, maxims, implicatures
Case study: the limits of the art/language analogy
Case study: pragmatics and the arts (e.g. poetry, film, conceptual art)

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Teaching materials that will be made available on Aulaweb

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARCELLO FRIXIONE (President)

MARIA CRISTINA AMORETTI

ENRICO TERRONE (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination

ASSESSMENT METHODS

In addition to verifying the contents presented in class, it will be possible to present short papers.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
03/01/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
17/01/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
07/02/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
07/06/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
28/06/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
11/07/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale
04/09/2023 10:00 SAVONA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students with disabilities or learning disorders are allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the Delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. Students are invited to contact the teacher of this course and copy the Delegate (https://unige.it/commissioni/comitatoperlinclusionedeglistudenticondisabilita.html).