Mind Readings: Introductory Selections on Cognitive Science / Edition 1

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Overview

Mind Readings is a collection of accessible readings on some of the most important topics in cognitive science. Although anyone interested in the interdisciplinary study of mind will find the selections well worth reading, they work particularly well with PaulThagard's textbook Mind: An Introduction Cognitive Science, and provide further discussion on the major topics discussed in that book. The first eight chapters present approaches to cognitive science from the perspective that thinking consists of computational procedures on mental representations. The remaining five chapters discuss challenges to the computational-representational understanding of mind.

Contributors: John R.

Anderson, Ruth M.J. Byrne, E.H. Durfee, Chris Eliasmith, Owen Flanagan, Dedre Gentner, JaniceGlasgow, Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Alan Mackworth, Arthur B. Markman, Douglas L. Medin, Keith Oatley,Dimitri Papadias, Steven Pinker, David E. Rumelhart, Herbert A. Simon.

Suggested to be used w/Thagard's textbook, Mind: An Intro- duction to Cognitive Science; computational procedures etc.

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"Thagard has chosen readings wisely, not just to complement histextbook, but as a short stand-alone anthology. The collectionsucceeds admirably." George Graham ,Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Thagard has chosen readings wisely, not just to complement his textbook, but as a short stand-alone anthology. The collection succeeds admirably.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700672
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/1998
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of The Cognitive Science of Science (MIT Press, 2012) and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Guide for the Reader
Acknowledgments and Sources
1 What Is an "Explanation" of Behavior? 1
2 The Cognitive Science of Deduction 29
3 Production Systems and the ACT-R Theory 59
4 Rules of Language 77
5 Concepts and Conceptual Structure 93
6 Structure Mapping in Analogy and Similarity 127
7 Computational Imagery 157
8 The Architecture of Mind: A Connectionist Approach 207
9 The Structure of Emotions 239
10 A Unified Theory of Consciousness? 259
11 On Seeing Robots 271
12 What Your Computer Really Needs to Know, You Learned in Kindergarten 287
13 The Third Contender: A Critical Examination of the Dynamicist Theory of Cognition 303
Notes on the Contributors 335
Index 337
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