Academic Writing for Cognitive Scientists
This course aims at improving oral and written presentation skills that are vital for Cognitive Scientists. How does one write an abstract, a methods section, or a results section for an empirical paper? How can experimental results be presented most effectively? What are good strategies for dealing with reviewers’ comments when revising a paper? How does one write a review? What is important to keep in mind when writing a research proposal? What makes for a good oral presentation? Course participants will learn about all of these and many more aspects of exposition through hands-on experience.
By the end of this course, students will
• know the basics of writing an empirical paper
• know what to look out for when writing a research proposal
• know how to best visualize empirical results or predictions
• be familiar with the publishing process
• have gained practice in preparing a poster
• have gained insight into how to improve their oral presentation skills
Course Requirements: completion of writing assignments; presentation of posters and talks; regular attendance; participation in discussion
Grading: Performance onassignments (oral and written) will determine grades (all assignments have equal weight, grade 100% based on assignments); Grading criteria: 1) clarity of the structure (this includes order and prioritizing of information, logical flow, proper use of paragraphs in text/visual arrangement in presentations), 2) accuracy and completeness of the reported information, and 3) writing/presentation style (command of grammar; effective, non-redundant communication). These three grading criteria have equal weight.