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Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science
An Introduction to the Study of Mind

Fourth Edition

October 2021 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Cognitive Science provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the study of the mind. The authors examine the mind from the perspective of different fields, including philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, networks, evolution, emotional and social cognition, linguistics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the new framework of embodied cognition. Each chapter focuses on a particular disciplinary approach and explores methodologies, theories, and empirical findings. Substantially updated with new and expanded content, the Fourth Edition reflects the latest research in this rapidly evolving field.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Exploring Mental Space
Chapter 2. The Philosophical Approach: Enduring Questions
Chapter 3 The Psychological Approach: A Profusion of Theories
Chapter 4. The Cognitive Approach I: Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Attention
Chapter 5. The Cognitive Approach II: Memory, Imagery, Concepts, and Problem Solving
Chapter 6. The Neuroscience Approach: Mind as Brain
Chapter 7. The Network Approach: Mind as a Web
Chapter 8. The Evolutionary Approach: Change Over Time
Chapter 9. The Linguistic Approach: Language and Cognitive Science
Chapter 10. The Emotional Approach: Mind as Emotion
Chapter 11. The Social Approach: Mind as Society
Chapter 12. The Artificial Intelligence Approach: The Computer as a Cognitive Agent
Chapter 13. The Artificial Intelligence Approach II: Embedded Intelligence Agents and Robotics
Chapter 14. The Embodied Ecological Approach: A Dynamic Future for Cognitive Science?


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One of the few cognitive science textbooks on the market currently in print. It is suitable for an undergraduate audience that has knowledge of psychology and is being introduced to the field of cognitive science for the first time. The text manages to incorporate a variety of perspectives and does a great deal of justice to the classical cognitive approach in psychology.

Dr Ross De Forrest
Psychology, University of Providence
March 24, 2022
Key features


  • Chapter 14 has been revised to serve as a state-of-the-art dynamical, embodied, ecological chapter.
  • Expanded content can be seen throughout on linguistics and artificial intelligence and in discussions of dynamical systems theory and ecological perception.
  • New sections have been added on topics like spoken word recognition, cognitive linguistics, embodied cognition, and intelligence tests.
  • Future implications for cognitive science are included, particularly as they relate to machine-equivalent implications for cognitive models, with a new focus on intelligent agents, deep learning, brain-computer interfaces, and robotics. 
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives identify what students should be able to accomplish upon completion of the reading.
  • Dozens of new tables and figures help facilitate student comprehension of the content.
  • Examination of the mind from the perspective of different fields includes philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, networks, evolution, emotional and social cognition, linguistics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the new framework of embodied cognition.
  • Interdisciplinary Crossroads sections that focus on research topics from multiple perspectives help students understand the link between various disciplines and cognitive science. 
  • End-of-chapter Summing Up sections list the key takeaways from each chapter to help reinforce student learning.
  • Suggested readings provide resources for further exploration of topics.
  • A glossary defines the bolded key terms throughout chapters.

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