Welcome to the EDU 510 section of my PLE site! For the first 3 units different sections of Cognitive Science are covered: Artificial Intelligence, Logic and Analogies.

Artificial Intelligence

As AI is becoming more prominent in education and our everyday lives. As engineers do their best to make AI as human as possible. There are videos of engineers using robotics to make human looking AI androids. However, emotion is difficult there is not yet a complete understanding of how emotions work in the brain so it is difficult to try to emulate that in a machine (Emory University, 2011). AI doesn’t know how to love or what friendship or a relationship means. They only know what they’re programmers have entered into their system and can only perform “learning” by the program that was designed for them. We don’t know what the future holds for AI but I am sure we have seen plenty of movies that imagine what it could be like. Below is an interesting scene from the film “I, Robot” starring Will Smith. The scene covers AI and emotions.


Logic, Rules, Concepts

I currently work in a small office at major public university and I often work alone. In order to get things done I have “formulate a method” to solve the problems that I face in my job each day (Barbey & Barsalou, 2009). I have to use logic and rules to execute all my tasks for my position. Logic, rules and concepts plays out not only on my job but also in the educational setting that I am in now. As a graduate student of Post University, I am constantly using these terms to “solve” my problems or complete an assignment. I have to follow the rules such as deadlines and rubrics in order to fulfill the requirements assigned to me. When I talk to others about the course I am taking now, it is already understood that concept I am discussing is “Cognitive Science”. I am not going to say, “I am taking a course in AI, Logic and Analogies”. Learning about these topics helps me see how our brain is working through logic, rules and concepts all the time and quickly. We make inferences from the world around us even as early as infants and use them to make decisions.


Analogies/Learning Styles 

As I reference again to my educational setting as a student as Post, I recently took a learning style survey, which the results seemed I was neutral across all criteria. I seem to not lean to far one way or the other on each spectrum. After viewing the YouTube video from Heritage College (2009), I identify with being combination learner. I enjoy audio, visual and kinesthetic approaches to learning. I do not experience much kinesthetic learning while taking this online course but it’s okay because I am learning to adjust to learning without a hands- on approach. I have the opportunity to incorporate kinesthetic learning myself by using what I have learned in class and using it at work. Therefore I can incorporate some experiential learning within this course. Please see the graphic below to get a better sense of what I am talking about.

One More Thing

I found an interesting video on Youtube about using Analogies and Images to communicate better when you presenting. It is not  education related per se but you certainly see what Ms. LaBalme is talking about.




Barbey, A. K., & Barsalou, L. W. (2009). Reasoning and problem solving: Models. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience , 8, 35-43.

Emory University,. (2011). Transformers: Is artificial intelligence dangerous without emotions. Retrieved from

FHEfoxconnect,. (2012). I,Robot. Retrieved from

Heritage College,. (2009). Teaching strategies -learning styles. Retrieved from

LaBalme, V. (2012). Communication & Presentation Skills – The Power of Analogies. Retrieved from

McLeod, S. A. (2010). Kolb – Learning Styles. Retrieved from


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