How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science [NOOK Book]

Overview

How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science specifies the characteristics of fruitful interdisciplinary theories in cognitive science and shows how they differ from the successful theories in the individual disciplines composing the cognitive sciences. It articulates a method for integrating the various disciplines successfully so that unified, truly interdisciplinary theories are possible. This book makes three contributions of utmost importance. First, it provides a long-overdue, systematic examination of the ...
See more details below
How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$29.95
BN.com price

Overview

How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science specifies the characteristics of fruitful interdisciplinary theories in cognitive science and shows how they differ from the successful theories in the individual disciplines composing the cognitive sciences. It articulates a method for integrating the various disciplines successfully so that unified, truly interdisciplinary theories are possible. This book makes three contributions of utmost importance. First, it provides a long-overdue, systematic examination of the field of cognitive science itself. Second, it provides a template for linking domains without loss of autonomy. This philosophical treatment of integration serves as a blueprint for future endeavors. Third, the book provides a solid theoretical foundation that will prevent future missteps and enhance collaboration.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A partly descriptive and partly normative manual on constructing theories that are useful in the whole range of cognitive science. Specifies the characteristics of such an interdisciplinary theory an how it differs from theories in the individual disciplines. Provides a systematic overview of cognitive science as a whole and a method for integrating its various disciplines so that a unified theory is possible. The methodology is supported by a theoretical foundation to help researchers avoid mistakes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438405766
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Cognitive Science Is Not Cognitive Psychology 1
Ch. 2 The Dilemma of Mental Causality 13
Mental States as Higher Level Properties 15
Privileged Regularities and Ceteris Paribus Clauses 18
Screening off Causes 24
Ignoring the Realism/Antirealism Debate 29
Ch. 3 Hierarchies in the Brain 33
The Neuron 34
The Methodological Individualism/Anti-Individualism Debate 36
Hierarchies in Neuroscience 41
"Privileged" Causality in Neuroscience 54
Explanation in Cognitive Science 60
Ch. 4 Computationalism and Functional Analysis: A Pragmatic Approach 63
Formal Accounts of Computationalism 64
Computational Satisfaction and True Computation 69
Functionalism and Functional Analysis 71
Philosophical Functionalism 73
An Example 75
The Function/Structure Distinction 79
Ch. 5 Reductionism in the Cognitive Sciences 85
Reductionism in Philosophy of Mind 86
Arguments against Reductionism 88
Cognitive Theories of Emotion: A Test Case 91
Explanatory Extension 95
Ch. 6 The Dual Memory Hypothesis and the Structure of Interdisciplinary Theories 105
Developmental Studies for a Dual Processing System 106
The Distinction between Implicit and Explicit Memory 111
Neural Evidence for the Dual Memory Hypothesis 121
The Theoretical Framework 131
"Two-Part" Interdisciplinary Theories 132
Putting It All Together 138
Ch. 7 Interdisciplinary Theories and Bridge Sciences: The Case of Event Related Potentials 141
The Challenge 143
ERPs 146
The Timing of Priming 150
Bridge Sciences 169
Appendix: Cognitive Science and the Semantic View 175
Notes 181
References 205
Index 241
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)