The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) / Edition 1

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Fully searchable, complete text of the Encyclopedia on a dual-platform CD-ROM.

Compatible with Windows 95, Windows NT (16MB of RAM available to Acrobat Reader; 10MB hard-disk space); Windows 3.1 and 3.11 for Workgroups (12MB hard-disk space); Macintosh and Power Macintosh (8MB of RAM available to Acrobat Reader, Apple System Software version 7.1.2 or later, and 12.5MB hard-disk space).

Since the 1970s the cognitive sciences have offered multidisciplinary ways of understanding the mind and cognition.This publication is a landmark, comprehensive reference that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this changing field. At the core of the encyclopedia are 471 concise entries, from Acquisition and Adaptationism to Wundt and X-Bar Theory. Each article, written by a leading researcher in the field, provides an accessible introduction to an important concept in the cognitive sciences, as well as references for further readings. Six extended essays, which collectively serve as a roadmap to the articles, provide overviews of each of six major areas of cognitive science: philosophy; psychology; neurosciences; computational intelligence; linguistics and language; and culture, cognition, and evolution. For both students and researchers, this publication will be an indispensable guide to the current state of the cognitive sciences. A CD-ROM is also available for an additional cost.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Content is king in this electronic title (known as MITECS), which is essentially an Acrobat version of the printed MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Encyclopedia content is itself beyond reproach. Six broad, extended essays set the stage, while 471 signed, crisply written topical entries include useful lists of references and further readings. MITECS's cross-disciplinary approach covers topics ranging from "ethnopsychology" to "game theory" to "taste." But the publishers haven't exploited the opportunities afforded by electronic access on the disc. Once Acrobat Reader and Searcher software (included on the CD) are installed, you can pull up the text of the Encyclopedia and use a small navigation bar to jump from "Title," to "CIP," to "Dedication," to "Preface." When I tried to print the Preface, my command started a printout of the entire volume. (One must use the volume's page numbers to print a desired section.) Entries are indexed A-Z, and clicking on a letter brings you to the first entry for that letter. "Name" and "Subject" index buttons bring you to facsimiles of those printed index pages. The Acrobat Searcher software allows full-text keyword searching but is awkward to use. As a CD-ROM, MITECS would be enhanced by the ability to print entries easily, a better keyword searching mechanism, and by dynamic links among related entries. These features are realized in MITECS Online, a web-based product available full text to those who purchase the printed book or CD. An abstracts-only version is provided, after free registration, to the general public ( MITECS/). The free version is valuable in itself, as most entries include references and further reading lists. MITECS Online has a number of enhanced features over both the print and CD-ROM: it adds graphic interest with unobtrusive color and design elements and is powered by the Excite search engine. MITECS Online also features the e-mail addresses of authors (although these are not hot links) and a collection of links to other cognitive science resources on the web. The Bottom Line: Skip the CD-ROM MITECS until more functionality is added. Academic and special libraries whose collections include any of the six disciplines that overlap to form cognitive science will want the similarly priced print title and corresponding online access. Site licenses have recently become available for the online product and may be cost-effective for heavy users--check the MIT Press web site above for details.--Beth Ann Zambella, Lamont Lib., Harvard Univ. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262731249
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: CD-ROM, Apple Macintosh format
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1312
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 4.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Wilson received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University in 1992, and has taught at Queen's University, Canada (1992-1996), and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1996-2001), where he was a member of the Cognitive Science Group at the university's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Since July 2000 he has been professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. His areas of professional interest are the philosophy of the mind, the foundations of cognitive science, and the philosophy of biology. He recently edited Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays (MIT Press,1999), and with Frank Keil, is the general editor of The MIT Press Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MIT Press, 1999). See also his webpage:

Frank C. Keil is Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Neurosciences, selected topics
Auditory Plasticity
Color, Neurophysiology of
Face Recognition
Lexicon, Neural Basis of
LongTerm Potentiation
Multisensory Integration
Object Recognition
Oculomotor Control
SingleNeuron Recording
Surface Perception
Linguistics and Language, selected topics
Dynamic Semantics
HeadDriven Phrase Structure and Grammar
Lexical Functional Grammar
Optimality Theory
Philosophy, selected topics
Chinese Room Argument
Distributed vs. Local Representation
Dynamic Approaches to Cognition
Explanatory Gap
Folk Psychology
Functional Role Semantics
Modal Logic
Modularity of Mind
Rational Agency
SelfOrganizing Systems
Simulation vs. TheoryTheory
Twin Earth
Psychology, selected topics
Binding Problem
Chess, Psychology of
Feature Detectors
Haptic Perception
Judgment Heuristics
Naïve Physics
Probabilistic Reasoning
Culture, Cognition, and Evolution, selected topics
Attribution Theory
Cognitive Anthropology
Cognitive Archaeology
Cognitive Artifacts
Comparative Psychology
Ecological Validity
Folk Biology
Human Navigation
Metaphor and Culture
Numeracy and Culture
Primate Cognition
Rational Choice Theory
Situated Cognition and Learning
ComputationalIntelligence, selected topics
Bayesian Networks
CaseBased Reasoning and Analogy
Evolutionary Computation
Greedy Local Search
Hidden Markov Models
Information Theory
Manipulation and Grasping
Situation Calculus
Speech Synthesis
Stereo and Motion Perception
Temporal Reasoning
Unsupervised Learning
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