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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 it This exciting textbook introduces students to the dynamic vibrant area of Cognitive Science - the scientific study of the mind and cognition.
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.
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I've become increasingly fascinated by cognitive science, largely influenced by John Vervaeke. I wanted to pick up a textbook about it so I could get an introduction, and among the reputable ones, this was the shortest. When I first opened it I was a bit baffled. Crazy complex graphs that looked indecipherable. Thankful, I was mistaken.
While difficult, most of them are quite accessible within the context of the book and the foundation it provides. The first part starts with the pre-history of c I've become increasingly fascinated by cognitive science, largely influenced by John Vervaeke.
The first part starts with the pre-history of cognitive science. The reaction against behaviourism in psychology, due to some experiments showing learning without any reinforcement. Later studies showed that rats had "cognitive maps", which led to several studies in spatial learning that pointed out to minds having representations, in which the mind could no longer be ignored within the behaviourist paradigm.
It laters explains the theory of computation and algorithms based on Turing machines, and how that laid the foundation to cognitive science, along with Chomsky's contribution to the structure of language. It finishes with how mental images are representations and the interdisciplinary model of vision, which is a good example of how cognitive science works or ought to work.
The second part is all about the integration challenge. Cognitive science at its heart is an interdisciplinary endeavour, involving psychology, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence. But this creates the problem of lacking a unified theoretical framework that encompasses everything. It illustrates two ways of local integrations, the psychology of reasoning with evolutionary biology and game theory, and the connections between two different tools for studying brain activity microelectrode recordings and functional neuroimaging.
The third part is about information-processing models of the mind. It starts with the physical symbolic system hypothesis, which claims a physical symbolic system is sufficient for general intention action symbols being physical patterns. Then touches on the language of thought hypothesis from Jerry Fodor on how the physical symbolic system hypothesis deals with mental architecture - the syntax and semantics in a formal system.
Next, it covers how it applies to the symbolic paradigm, touching on machine learning and several classic robots that ran on algorithms by manipulated physical symbol structures until a solution is found. One by using decisions trees, and the other with imagistic symbols.
Then moves on to several types of neural networks single-layer and multi-layer and how they operate, including how they can be models of cognitive processes, like learning a language and object permanence in children. The fourth part is about how the mind is organized.
It covers in in-depth Fodor's modularity of the mind that cognition is done by specific and independent modules , touching on its characteristics and how it frames cognitive science.
Other hypotheses are covered, like the massive modularity hypothesis and hybrid architectures where the mind uses both modular and non-modular processing. This is followed by strategies for brain mapping, an introduction to neuroscience and how it has helped cognitive science progress and confirm or disprove hypotheses. The last part is about currently growing topics in cognitive science. It touches on dynamical systems - systems that evolve over time in a law dependent manner like Newtonian mechanics , and how it can be used in cognitive science, illustrating it how it can be applied to child development in how they learn to walk and expectations of missing objects.
Later it explored the situated cognition movement largely inspired by insects, given they have to solve very complex problems and yet they are a very basic organism. Neither dynamical systems or situated cognition fit in the typical information-processing paradigm of mainstream cognitive science.
Finally, it touches on consciousness. It starts from a philosophical stand-point about the hard problem of consciousness, and then illustrates some of the proposed approaches to tackling the problem mostly by focusing on the so-called "easy" problems of consciousness instead.
They're generally categorized as either studying the phenomenology of consciousness what is it like to be conscious of something and what one is consciousness or not in a sort of Freudian manner.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book. I thought I was fairly familiar with the science of mind, but I was very wrong. While psychology gives a very solid foundation, cognitive science is another beast altogether. It's truly the future to understand ourselves and what made read the book. It's fairly dense and difficult, I can't say otherwise. Particularly when it ties to logic, mathematics or AI. But most topics I found accessible, and even if one does not understand all the details it nevertheless provides a lot of insight.
If you truly want to understand the mind, you need to learn about cognitive science, no way around it. This book provides a good introduction for it. It explains new concepts as they arise and contains helpful summaries at the end of each chapter.
This is likely not a super helpful review and maybe a bit confusing if one is not familiar with the topic, but it's very difficult to summarize given both the complexity and the amount of information it contains. Jan 03, Seamusin rated it it was ok Shelves: sci-neuroscience. Really frustrating experience. Do not recommend. I learned plenty from the book, but as So8res in the above review puts it, "the book was a lot of noise with very little signal". It could easily have been half the length.
The target audience if the author indeed intended one at all is pitched far too low. His use and placement of diagrams indicates to me only that he knows textbooks like this sh Really frustrating experience. His use and placement of diagrams indicates to me only that he knows textbooks like this should have diagrams - but he's not exactly sure what for.
Suggestion: take the contents at the begining of each chapter and just wiki it for clearer, shorter explanations. Nov 03, Lindsay Boldon rated it really liked it. It might help to read Haugeland, Turing, and Newell before studying this book. I'd say this textbook is about average, I'm rating it with an additional star as I appreciated how interdisciplinary it is. If you want a book in which you will learn very little about Cognitive Science, but a whole lot of confusing details about AI, then this is the book for you.
I hated reading this book, the writer assumes that you know everything about Cognitive Science and uses technical jargon throughout. Not for an introductory course, which is what I took. Oct 10, Risto Saarelma marked it as unread Shelves: cognitive.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The author is all kinds of full of himself.
Very interesting but very trivial. Oct 13, Maciej Siwek rated it liked it. Read only one chapter of the book, for Uni classes but it's pretty neat. Written in simple language, explains a lot about basics of Cognitive Science.
Cognitive Science : An Introduction to the Science of the Mind
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Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind
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. 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.