PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Section: 009 Competence and Performance
Term: FA 2004
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

The special seminar explores the relationship between what is commonly called “competence” and “performance” (or knowledge vs. behavior). We will investigate the relation between articulated theories of knowledge states (specifically, modern syntactic theories) and articulated theories of the principles governing the use of knowledge during real-time language processing (specifically, modern psycholinguistic theories of sentence processing). The course will address fundamental issues bridging Linguistics, Psychology and other Cognitive Sciences employing a mixture of (interactive) lectures and student-led discussion of the lectures as well as assigned readings.

There will also be an external speaker series associated with this course. The confirmed speakers include Noam Chomsky, James McGilvray, and Amy Weinberg.

The questions that we will explore include: What are the possible ways to characterize a knowledge state? For example, can we distinguish algorithmic from non-algorithmic characterizations of knowledge states? What implications for processing architecture would such a distinction have? How do we determine whether some empirical regularity should be explained by the grammar or by the processing theory? In general, how do empirical results in theoretical syntax and those in experimental psycholinguistics relate?

Course requirements: Active class participation and a final paper, ideally outlining a plan of research to further investigate an issue that arose in the course (for example, an experimental proposal or a theoretical revision.)

PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
P
14307
Open
4
8PSYCH Grad
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M 2:30PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
28188
Open
15
19PSYCH Grad
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M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: 3 Credits.
004 (SEM)
P
14308
Closed
0
 
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W 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Section 004 - Building and Testing Structural Equation Models in the Social Sciences. 3 credits.
005 (SEM)
P
26411
Open
Wolv. Access
10PSYCH Grad
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Womenstd 801-002. 3 credits.
006 (SEM)
P
26727
Open
7
 
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TBA
007 (SEM)
P
27122
Open
4
7PSYCH Grad
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TBA
Note: Organizational meeting Wednesday, 9/8/04, at noon. Location TBA.
008 (SEM)
P
33282
Open
Wolv. Access
3PSYCH Grad
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Womenstd 698-007. 3 credits.
009 (SEM)
P
33900
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with Ling 792-005. 3 credits.
010 (SEM)
P
34888
Open
17
 
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Th 2:30PM - 5:00PM
011 (SEM)
P
36309
Open
10
 
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TBA
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