Cognitive Science : An Introduction to the Science of the Mind
Cognitive Science combines the interdisciplinary streams of cognitive science into a unified narrative in an all-encompassing introduction to the field. This text presents cognitive science as a discipline in its own right, and teaches students to apply the techniques and theories of the cognitive scientist's 'toolkit' - the vast range of methods and tools that cognitive scientists use to study the mind. Thematically organized, rather than by separate disciplines, Cognitive Science underscores the problems and solutions of cognitive science, rather than those of the subjects that contribute to it - psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, etc. The generous use of examples, illustrations, and applications demonstrates how theory is applied to unlock the mysteries of the human mind. Drawing upon cutting-edge research, the text has been updated and enhanced to incorporate new studies and key experiments since the first edition. A new chapter on consciousness has also been added.
- Electronic book text
- 12 Mar 2014
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 18 b/w illus. 118 colour illus. 9 tables
Table of contents
Preface; Part I. Historical Landmarks: Introduction to Part I; 1. The prehistory of cognitive science; 2. The discipline matures: three milestones; 3. The turn to the brain; Part II. The Integration Challenge: Introduction to Part II; 4. Cognitive science and the integration challenge; 5. Tackling the integration challenge; Part III. Information-Processing Models of the Mind: Introduction to Part III; 6. Physical symbol systems and the language of thought; 7. Applying the symbolic paradigm; 8. Neural networks and distributed information processing; 9. Neural network models of cognitive processes; Part IV. The Organization of the Mind: Introduction to Part IV; 10. How are cognitive systems organized?; 11. Strategies for brain mapping; 12. A case study: exploring mindreading; Part V. New Horizons: Introduction to Part V; 13. New horizons: dynamical systems and situated cognition; 14. The cognitive science of consciousness; 15. Looking ahead: challenges and applications; Glossary.
'The most carefully written, thorough, up-to-date, and accessible single-author textbook on the theoretical issues of cognitive science I have read.' John Douard, Rutgers University 'One of the best introductions to cognitive science available.' Gottfried Vosgerau, University of Dusseldorf 'A great textbook, which covers the kind of material that a cognitive scientist should know in the twenty-first century.' Daniel Montoya, Fayetteville State University 'The text is engaging, well crafted for an undergraduate audience, and is sure to inspire a generation of students.' Michael Spivey, University of California, Merced 'It is a challenge to provide a collection of students who have different backgrounds with a meaningful integration of an area that is, itself, not well defined. Bermudez's book comes closer to meeting that goal than any other that I'm familiar with.' Gordon Pitz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
About Jose Luis Bermudez
Jose Luis Bermudez is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He has been involved in teaching and research in cognitive science for over twenty years, and is very much involved in bringing an interdisciplinary focus to cognitive science through involvement with conference organization and journals. His 100+ publications include the textbook Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (2005) and a companion collection of readings, Philosophy of Psychology: Contemporary Readings (2007). He has authored the monographs The Paradox of Self-Consciousness (1998), Thinking without Words (2003), and Decision Theory and Rationality (2009) in addition to editing a number of collections including The Body and the Self (1995), Reason and Nature (2002), and Thought, Reference, and Experience (2005).