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MIND, COGNITIVE SCIENCE, AND ART

CODE 90691
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9913 DIGITAL HUMANITIES - COMUNICAZIONE E NUOVI MEDIA (LM-92) - SAVONA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 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

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral examination

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

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

    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/comitatoperlinclusionedeglistudenticondisa…).