Complex Information Processing: The Impact of Herbert A. Simon

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1989-02-01
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Here, several leading experts in the area of cognitive science summarize their current research programs, tracing Herbert A. Simon's influence on their own work -- and on the field of information processing at large. Topics covered include problem- solving, imagery, reading, writing, memory, expertise, instruction, and learning. Collectively, the chapters reveal a high degree of coherence across the various specialized disciplines within cognition -- a coherence largely attributable to the initial unity in Simon's seminal and pioneering contributions.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Referencesp. xx
Representation and Constraint in Complex Processingp. 1
The Lateralization of Brian: a Computational Theory and Model of Visual Hemispheric Specializationp. 3
Referencesp. 26
Referencesp. 26
The Role of Working Memory in Language Comprehensionp. 31
Referencesp. 67
Representation and Transfer in Problem Solvingp. 69
Referencesp. 107
Developmental Differences in Scientific Discovery Processesp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 141
Acknowledgments to Herbert Simonp. 141
Referencesp. 141
Scientists of the Artificialp. 145
Expertise in Human and Artificial Systemsp. 163
What Hath Simon Wrought?p. 165
Referencesp. 181
Expertise in Chess and Bridgep. 183
Referencesp. 207
Writing Research: the Analysis of a Very Complex Taskp. 209
Referencesp. 232
Skilled Memory and Expertise: Mechanisms of Exceptional Performancep. 265
Expertise and Learning: How Do We Think about Instructional Processes Now That We Have Discovered Knowledge Structures?p. 269
Referencesp. 280
Instruction and Skill Acquisitionp. 283
Situations, Mental Models, and Generative Knowledgep. 285
Referencesp. 316
Acknowledgmentsp. 316
Display-Based Problem Solvingp. 319
Referencesp. 340
Acknowledgmentsp. 340
The Analogical Origins of Errors in Problem Solvingp. 343
Referencesp. 370
Referencesp. 370
Science and Thoughtp. 373
The Scientist as Problem Solverp. 375
Referencesp. 396
Putting It All Togetherp. 399
Acknowledgmentsp. 436
Referencesp. 436
Epiloguep. 441
Author Indexp. 447
Subject Indexp. 455
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