Your final report must have an abstract (see the
Writing Guidelines) and should also have an introductory paragraph (it could be just
a sentence or two) briefly telling the reader
what the paper is about.
Your final report should make explicit which 2 or 3 cognitive science
disciplines you are focusing on, or how your topic fits into cognitive
science (which, by definition, is interdisciplinary and
not merely cognitive psychology or (cognitive) linguistics, etc.).
You should write for an interdisciplinary, cognitive-science audience
(e.g., your fellow students in this course who are from other
departments from yours). Consequently, don't use any unexplained
technical jargon (beyond what has been introduced in lectures).
Don't use "box and arrow" diagrams without fully explaining them: What
does each box represent? What does each (kind of) arrow represent?
Be sure to give the full source of any quotations. The best way to do
this is by giving the author's last name + year + page reference; see my
writing guidelines (link given below) for details on how to cite
Don't forget that your final report should aim to be between 10 and 15
pages (but no longer), not including the bibliography or any
appendices containing a computer program.
Final papers may NOT be submitted online. They
MUST be handed in no later than Monday, December 10. You
can give them to me on the last day of class, or bring them to my
office, or put them in my mailbox in Bell 211. Please do not slip them
under my office door.