1st Year - 2nd Semester

Auxiliary Course II

To be selected for each student in order to extend his background to areas he did not get acquainted with previously. See list here.

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology
Coordinator Tânia Fernandes, Faculdade de Psicologia

This subject offers advanced training in experimental psychology, and particularly in the method and theories of cognitive psychology. The subject will extend students basic knowledge of cognitive psychology and will provide an in-depth coverage of key research problems in areas such as memory, language, perception and social cognition. Different areas and research problems will be taught in a given year.

Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind, Language and Cognition
Coordinator Adriana Silva Graça, Departamento de Filosofia, Faculdade de Letras

This course introduces a set of notions, problems and views that are central to philosophical reflection about the nature of the human mind and cognition. Among the foundational issues examined in the course are the following ones.
(a) The correct typology for mental phenomena, especially the usual distinction between cognitive mental states, or propositional attitudes, and conscious states, or experiences.
(b) The constitutive marks of mentality, especially intentionality, phenomenology and self-awareness.
(c) The pros and cons of the most prominent views about the nature and structure of the mind: Dualism (both Cartesian Dualism and Property Dualism); Analytical Behaviorism; Physicalism (both Type-Type Physicalism and Token-Token Physicalism); Functionalism (both Machine Functionalism and Analytical Functionalism).
(d) The nature and workings of psychophysical causation, including mind-world causation, world-mind causation and mind-mind causation.
e) The relations between language and thought, especially the issue of whether thought is possible without language and the issue of whether thought is possible in non human animals.

Advanced Topics in Technology of Language
Coordinator António Branco, Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências

This course addresses advanced topics on natural language processing and its applications, aiming at enlarging previous students' background. Linguistic knowledge processing: Parsing and grammatical representations; Ambiguity codification and resolution; Natural language complexity; Key applications: Question answering; Machine translation; Semantic web; etc.

Project Seminar
Ana Pineiro (coordinator), Faculdade de Psicologia; Helder Coelho, Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências; Luís Correia, Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências; Sara Xapelli, Faculdade de Medicina.

This seminar aims at the construction, presentation and discussion of a research project by the students.