Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This exciting textbook introduces students to the dynamic vibrant area of Cognitive Science - the scientific study of the mind and cognition. Cognitive Science draws upon many academic disciplines, including Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and Neuroscience. This is the first textbook to present a unified view of Cognitive Science as a discipline in its own right, with a distinctive approach to studying the mind. Students are introduced to the cognitive scientist's 'toolkit' - the vast range of techniques and tools that cognitive scientists can use to study the mind. The book presents the main theoretical models that cognitive scientists are currently using, and shows how those models are being applied to unlock the mysteries of the human mind. Cognitive Science is replete with examples, illustrations, and applications, and draws on cutting-edge research and new developments to explore both the achievements that cognitive scientists have made, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Table of Contents

Historical Landmarks: Introduction to Part I
The prehistory of cognitive science
The discipline matures: three milestones
The turn to the brain
The Integration Challenge: Introduction to Part II
Cognitive science and the integration challenge
Tackling the integration challenge
Information Processing Models of the Mind: Introduction to Part III
Physical symbol systems and the language of thought
Applying the symbolic paradigm
Neural networks and distributed information processing
Neural network models of cognitive processes
The Organization of the Mind: Introduction to Part IV
How are cognitive systems organized?
Strategies for brain mapping?
A case study: exploring mindreading?
New Horizons: Introduction to Part V
New horizons: dynamical systems and situated cognition
Looking ahead: challenges and applications
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