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Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience (391-0-1)


Creative Problem Solving and the Brain


Mark Elliot Beeman
104 Cresap Hall
Office Hours: Office Hours: M 11:00am-noon, by appt

Meeting Info

Annenberg Hall G30: Tues, Thurs 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This course will examine how the brain creatively solves problems, with a particular focus on sudden insight - the Aha! or Eureka! moment. We will explore this specific topic in depth, as a model for cognitive neuroscience methods and theoretical approaches. We will link to other topics, potentially including attention, mental illness, intuition, complex language processing, and visual perception (gestalt).

Registration Requirements

Research Methods, at least one class in cognition or neuroscience, or permission of instructor

Learning Objectives

Understand the pros and cons of different methods used in cognitive neuroscience; understand different theoretical approaches

Teaching Method

The course will be taught in a mix of lecture, student presentations, and experiment design and data collection, depending on the enrollment.

Class Materials (Required)

Class Materials: Reading provided via Canvas. No textbook.

Class Attributes

Prerequisites apply, see description

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Students must complete Psych 205-0 before taking this course.