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Cognitive Modelling

Course
2021-2022

Admission requirements

Not applicable.

Description

Cognitive models define the algorithms underlying behavioral capacities such as learning and decision-making. For instance, reinforcement learning algorithms describe the adaptive process through which agents learn to predict the consequences of their behavior, through interactions with the environment.

Cognitive models are widely used in cognitive science, computer science and artificial intelligence to better understand the cognitive processes that give rise to intelligent behavior. Their components have been linked to specific processes in the brain, bridging from computation to functioning of the nervous system.
The principles of cognitive models have also been used as building blocks for various cognitive architectures, which aim to create a comprehensive computer program that can perform certain tasks (and explain human behavior).

This course will discuss and compare different approaches to cognitive modelling and cognitive architectures. Students will gain hands-on experience in implementing these models, and fitting them to data, through tutorials and assignments.

Course objectives

  • Students know the key paradigms and models currently employed in the field of reinforcement learning (based on a theoretical overview provided by the lectures);

  • Students know different cognitive architectures, and understand their differences and respective strengths and weaknesses;

  • Students can understand and program computational models, and fit them to experimental data;

  • Students can critically discuss current issues and future perspectives related to the reinforcement learning and cognitive modelling literature.

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

The course consists of 14 lectures (including Q&A sessions) and 14 tutorials.

Assessment method

Grade:

  • programming assignment and report (100%)

Additional requirements:

  • finish 2 (out of 3) tutorial lab reports with a passing grade, as determined by in-class peer evaluation

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.

Registration

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Contact

Onderwijscoördinator Informatica, Riet Derogee.