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Cognitive Science
An Introduction to the Study of Mind

Third Edition


© 2016 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Cognitive Science provides a comprehensive introduction to the field from multiple perspectives to help readers better understand and answer questions about the mysteries of the mind. In each chapter, the authors focus on a particular area in cognitive science, exploring methodologies, theoretical perspectives, and findings, then offering the critical evaluations and conclusions drawn from them. Substantially updated with new and expanded content, the Third Edition reflects the latest research in this rapidly evolving field.
 
Chapter 1: Exploring Inner Space
A Brave New World  
What Is Cognitive Science?  
Representation  
Computation  
The Interdisciplinary Perspective  
 
Chapter 2: The Philosophical Approach: Enduring Questions
What Is Philosophy?  
The Mind-Body Problem-What is Mind?  
Monism  
Dualism  
Functionalism– Are Minds Limited to Brains?  
The Knowledge Acquisition Problem– How Do We Acquire Knowledge?  
The Mystery of Consciousness– What is Consciousness and How Does it Operate?  
 
Chapter 3: The Psychological Approach: A Profusion of Theories
What Is Psychology?  
Psychology and the Scientific Method  
Mental Atoms, Mental Molecules, and a Periodic Table of the Mind: The Voluntarist Movement  
Structuralism: What the Mind Is  
Functionalism: What the Mind Does  
The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Mental Physics and the Gestalt Movement  
Mini-Minds: Mechanism and Psychoanalytic Psychology  
Mind as a Black Box: The Behaviorist Approach  
 
Chapter 4: The Cognitive Approach I: Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Attention
Some History First: The Rise of Cognitive Psychology  
The Cognitive Approach: Mind as an Information Processor  
Modularity of Mind  
Theories of Vision and Pattern Recognition  
Theories of Attention– How do We Pay Attention?  
Evaluating the Model-Building Approach  
 
Chapter 5: The Cognitive Approach II: Memory, Imagery, and Problem Solving
Types of Memory– How do we Remember?  
Memory Models  
Visual Imagery– How do we Imagine  
Problem Solving– How do we Solve Problems?  
 
Chapter 6: The Neuroscience Approach: Mind as Brain
The Neuroscience Perspective  
Methodology in Neuroscience  
The Small Picture: Neuron Anatomy and Physiology  
The Big Picture: Brain Anatomy  
The Neuroscience of Visual Object Recognition  
The Neuroscience of Attention  
The Neuroscience of Memory  
Neural Substrates of Working Memory  
The Neuroscience of Executive Function and Problem Solving  
 
Chapter 7: The Network Approach: Mind as a Web
The Network Perspective  
Artificial Neural Networks  
Characteristics of Artificial Neural Networks  
Early Conceptions of Neural Networks  
Back Propagation and Convergent Dynamics  
Evaluating the Connectionist Approach  
Semantic Networks: Meaning in the Web  
Network Science  
 
Chapter 8: The Evolutionary Approach: Change Over Time
The Evolutionary View  
A Little Background: Natural Selection and Genetics  
Comparative Cognition  
Evolutionary Psychology  
Evaluating Evolutionary Psychology  
 
Chapter 9: The Linguistic Approach: Language and Cognitive Science
The Linguistic Approach: The Importance of Language  
The Nature of Language  
Language Use in Primates  
Language Acquisition  
Language Deprivation  
Cognition and Linguistics: The Role of Grammar  
Neuroscience and Linguistics: The Wernicke-Geschwind Model  
Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics: Natural Language Processing  
 
Chapter 10: The Emotional Approach: Mind as Emotion
What Is Emotion?  
Theories of Emotion  
Basic Emotions  
Emotions, Evolution, and Psychological Disorders  
Emotions and Neuroscience  
Hot and Cold: Emotion-Cognition Interactions  
Emotions and Artificial Intelligence: Affective Computing  
 
Chapter 11: The Social Approach: Mind as Society
Social Cognition  
Social Cognitive Neuroscience  
Topics in Social Cognitive Neuroscience  
Is Social Cognitive Neuroscience Special?  
Advantages of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Approach  
Theory of Mind  
Other Social Cognitive Disorders  
Attitudes  
Impressions  
Attribution  
Stereotypes  
Prejudice  
 
Chapter 12: The Artificial Intelligence Approach I: Mind as Machine
Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence  
Historical Precursors  
Defining AI  
Doctrinal Arguments  
Turing’s Critical Legacy  
Practical AI  
Fuzzy Thinking – the legacy of Lotfi Zadeh  
The Contentious Debate and AI Evolution  
The Neural Net Model and its Capabilities  
The New Millennium: Cognitive Computing  
(Is it possible to “build” a brain?)  
 
Chapter 13: The Artificial Intelligence Approach II: Embodiments and Robotics
The Intelligent Agent Paradigm  
Emerging Developments  
 
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Where We Go From Here
The Benefits of Cognitive Science  
Issues in Cognitive Science  
The Dynamical Systems Approach  
Dynamical Representation  
Dynamical Versus Classical Cognitive Science  
Evaluating the Dynamical Perspective  
Integrating Cognitive Science  
The Future  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.      
  • Carefully selected, video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 


Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.      
  • Carefully selected, video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.

I am undecided as I have received far too many Cognitive Psychology texts. I will review carefully after the current academic term has ended. Sending any related texts my way would be most helpful.

Dr Angela Birt
Psychology, Mount St Vincent University
April 7, 2016
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New topics include formal systems, empirical philosophy, optogenics, von Economo neurons, domain-general vs. domain-specific mechanisms in language acquisition, and IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence program.
  • New sections address evolution and psychological disorders, neural synaptic mechanisms of emotion, and more.
  • New tables and simplified figures enhance existing course content.
  • Detailed descriptions of in-depth topics now found within the body of the text expand and apply general principles.
  • Future implications for cognitive science are included, particularly as they relate to machine-equivalent implications for cognitive models.

 KEY FEATURES:

  • Chapter introductions that provide a preview of material to come allow students to organize the information.
  • Interdisciplinary Crossroads sections that focus on research topics investigated from multiple perspectives help students understand the link between various disciplines and cognitive science. 
  • End-of-chapter Summing Up sections provide a concise summary of the major points addressed in each chapter to facilitate student comprehension.

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