Cognitive science is a fascinating area of study that aims to understand how the mind works as an information processing machine. For anyone interested in neuroscience or psychology, it’s important to understand the basics of cognitive science. So in this week’s episode, I’m talking to cognitive scientist and YouTuber, Dr. Ryan Rhodes.
Ryan is Assistant Teaching Professor for the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, where he teaches interdisciplinary courses on language, cognition, and the brain. He received a PhD in linguistics from the University of Delaware, where he worked as lab manager for Arild Hestvik’s psycholinguistics ERP lab, and an MA in linguistics from Fresno State, where he worked on the Chukchansi Yokuts language documentation project. His current work combines electrophysiological (EEG) and behavioral measures to investigate mental representations of linguistic structure, auditory prediction, and rule learning.
In addition to his work as an educator and scientist, Ryan is also the creator of two YouTube channels about cognitive science and linguistics. In this video, we mainly refer to his original channel, which is just called “Ryan Rhodes,” where he posts videos that serve as university-level introductory cognitive science lectures. His newer channel, called “Language of Mind,” where he creates shorter videos that dive into specific aspects of cognitive science and linguistics.
Check out Ryan’s YouTube Channels:
@Language of Mind https://www.youtube.com/c/LanguageofMind
@Ryan Rhodes https://www.youtube.com/c/RYANRHODES-cogsci
Follow Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wavyphd
Thumbnail image of Ryan Rhodes credit: Ryan Rhodes (illustration)
00:00 Cognitive science is focused on how the mind processes information
00:20 Ryan’s background, research, and YouTube channel
08:41 What is cognitive science?
13:35 Computational theory of mind
15:34 Cognitive neuroscience vs cognitive science
20:03 Mental representation
32:05 Weber’s law of just noticeable difference
37:26 Wason selection task
45:20 Our evolutionary history and the free rider problem
47:53 How does the mind work? Ryan Rhodes’ one sentence answer
48:58 Free Will - Ryan Rhodes’ perspective
01:00:38 Ryan Rhodes’ book recommendation: “Mindware,” by Andy Clark
01:01:50 Science communication tips from Ryan Rhodes
01:06:18 Where to find Ryan on Twitter and YouTube
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About Sense of Mind
My goal: Give you an accurate and clear picture of how the brain and mind work at various levels of analysis. I do that by carefully reading and reporting the science as I understand it.