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I think it is good for math students to have a cognitive psychology course. Foreign languages are often required. If a student knows how his mind works he would use it more efficiently. Insight, for example, occurs after a burst of gamma waves followed by alpha waves. In layman terms this means that a person stuck on a math problem usually gets an aha moment when he is relaxing. Opinions?

Edit. For example, I see many students now live-TeXing notes. That is a very inefficient way of learning.

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closed as off topic by Thomas Andrews, Ross Millikan, Arthur Fischer, Phira, Arkamis Nov 5 '12 at 16:50

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This is certainly not a math question. I would close this as off-topic. –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Nov 5 '12 at 16:39
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Plenty of mathematicians are quite successful without any self-awareness at all. Clearly not a requirement for the job. :) –  Thomas Andrews Nov 5 '12 at 16:40
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In the same vein one could ask why there are usually no courses on making good coffee or indian food... –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Nov 5 '12 at 16:40
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@ThomasAndrews: But they would do better if they were are of it. –  Robb Nov 5 '12 at 16:44
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Sorry, but I see no evidence of that. That's purely assertion. Quite a few of the most highly functioning adults are people who have no understanding of congnition. Can you give us any study that indicates that studying cognition improves their functioning? –  Thomas Andrews Nov 5 '12 at 16:45

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Cognitive science is not of benefit only or mostly to mathematics, nor is it so critical that one cannot do without it. Therefore, it might be a general knowledge requirement, but would not be appropriate for a requirement for math.

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Because it's not mathematics...

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