College Curriculum: Overview

The central focus of The Mind Project curriculum is to provide interactive, online curriculum modules that introduce the cognitive sciences to students (at all grade levels). Originally, all of our modules were supported by grants by the National Science Foundation and were designed for introductory level college students. Next, we received a large grant from the National Institutes of Health to create new modules for advanced high school students. By then, however, we had experience in creating virtual science labs and realized that one and the same virtual experience could provide a challenging learning experience to both college students and high school students, if they are properly supported. This meant that our design strategy for virtual labs was exactly the same, regardless of the "official" age of the target audience. All of our modules assume that the student has no previous background in the subject and we provide everything they need to take part in a hands-on (virtual) experience where they become a researcher implementing an important research methodology. For this reason, you will find most of our virtual labs -- whether originally created for college students or high school students -- listed in the K-12 section. We want to encourage high school and even middle school teacher to use our labs. As a college instructor, then, we recommend you consider tje virtual labs in AI & robotics and neuroscience are described on this page:

K-12 Curriculum Overview

In addition to the virtual labs listed on the "K-12" page we also have two labs in neuroscience and cognitive psychology that are less often used in high school courses. These are some of the most impressive labs created with Mind Project grants and, unlike most of the labs on the previous list, these labs were created not by David Leech Anderson and his team at Illinois State University, but by Tom Busey and his team at Indiana University. We highly recommend the following two labs for use in your college psychology or cognitive science course. Unlike our other labs, Busey's labs are genuinely "open-ended" and give students a great deal of freedom to design their own experiments. You will find other modules and labs created by the Indiana University team on the general "curriculum" link especially in the category "perception/vision." (NOTE: These labs do not reside on our server, we just link to them. They are on a Indiana University server.)


Virtual EEG Lab

Visual Search Lab There is nothing "virtual" about this EEG data. Brain responses from a large number of subjects was recorded while they viewed many different images. Group the pictures into categories, and run your own experiment. There are 2.3 x 10 ^ 216 (a really big number!) different ways to group these stimuli into the six categories; it's likely your own virtual experiment has never been run. Learn how the brain processes visual images.

Visual Search Lab

Visual Search Lab Students design their own visual search experiments, using their friends and/or becoming subjects in their own experiments. Looking for a friend in a crowd, searching for a four-leaf clover and finding an off-ramp exit sign are all examples of visual search in the real world. This program allows students to create their own visual search experiments to explore visual perception and memory phenomenon.