This course, third in an IBS series, emphasizes the questions that arise when psychological theories and conclusions arising out of Buddhist doctrine and practice enter into sympathetic dialogue with theories, methods and knowledge norms undergirding modern experimental psychology. Topics covered include theories of mental and behavioral causation; the nature of sensation and perception; theories of cognition including cognitivism, emergence/parallel processing, and enaction; motivation; emotion; and questions of physical and mental health at the interface of religious and scientific world-views. This is an on-line course. Students will participate in discussions with each other and the instructor, based on assigned readings, using the facilities on the Moodle on-line system. Each student will submit a term paper of approximately 4,000 words arising from a topic decided in cooperation with the instructor. Past experience with the course suggests that students from a variety of seminars at GTU enroll.
Prerequisites: Some background in psychology, especially experimental psychology/cognitive science.