PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Section: 004 Complexity and Emergence
Term: WN 2006
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
4
Other:
Theme
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Either familiarity with programming (no particular language required) or a course in finite mathematics is assumed. All technical topics will be defined in class. This is a highly interactive class with students from all over campus. You will be expected to contribute to the class discussion and will be graded accordingly. There will be a final paper which you will present to the class. Topics: "Complexity" and "emergence" are difficult topics with different meanings in different areas. Rather than trying to provide precise definitions of these terms, we will develop a range of ideas, examples, and intuitions that provide a deeper understanding of these terms. Much of our investigation will center on complex adaptive systems (cas). A cas consists of adaptive (learning) agents with conditional interactions. Typical examples are a market, the immune system, the central nervous system, and the Internet. The order of topics will depend partly upon particular interests of the class, but the following topics, at least, will be covered:

  1. Performance systems [sets of condition/action rules].
  2. Message-passing systems -- their pervasiveness from Cell biology to language.
  3. Parallelism -- systems with many rules active simultaneously
  4. Agent-based models (models with multiple interacting agents).
  5. Credit assignment -- strengthening stage-setting and predictive rules.
  6. Rule discovery -- genetic algorithms.
  7. Building blocks -- their role in everything from perception to invention.
Texts: Hidden Order (paperback) and Emergence (paperback). Both published by Perseus Press and authored by J.H. Holland

PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
13305
Open
9
14PSYCH Grad
-
Th 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
13307
Open
4
10PSYCH Grad
-
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
13306
Open
12
14Graduate Standing
-
M 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Note: Class will meet in CHCD 10th floor NIB
004 (SEM)
P
13308
Open
Wolv. Access
2PSYCH Grad
1
TuTh 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: meets with Honors 493-001, Psych 447-001, and EECS 594.
005 (SEM)
P
13309
Open
2
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with ELI 808.
006 (SEM)
P
13310
Open
12
16PSYCH Grad
-
F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
13311
Open
Wolv. Access
1PSYCH Grad
-
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
24650
Open
9
10Graduate Standing
-
M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Affect and Psychopathology
009 (SEM)
P
30756
Open
18
20PSYCH Grad
-
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Creating a Unified Model of Resource-Allocation Decisions
010 (SEM)
P
30832
Open
9
 
-
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
011 (SEM)
P
31552
Open
10
11PSYCH Grad
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MTu 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Psych/SocWk Students should get overrides from the Psych Grad office. Students are also required to attend the Research Center for Group Dynamics Colloquium Series on Monday 3:30-5:00 6050 ISR
012 (SEM)
P
33671
Open
9
12PSYCH Grad
-
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: The Psychology of Narratives, Life Stories, and Race. 3 credits. Class will meet in 3342 East Hall.
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