Modelling High-Level Cognitive Processes / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is a practical guide to building computational models of high-level cognitive processes and systems. High-level processes are those central cognitive processes involved in thinking, reasoning, planning, and so on. These processes appear to share representational and processing requirements, and it is for this reason that they are considered together in this text.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I considers foundational and background issues. Part II provides a series of case studies spanning a range of cognitive domains. Part III reflects upon issues raised by the case studies. Teachers of cognitive modeling may use material from Part I to structure lectures and practical sessions, with chapters in Part II forming the basis of in-depth student projects.

All models discussed in this book are developed within the COGENT environments. COGENT provides a graphical interface in which models may be sketched as "box and arrow" diagrams and is both a useful teaching tool and a productive research tool. As such, this book is designed to be of use to both students of cognitive modeling and active researchers. For students, the book provides essential background material plus an extensive set of example models, exercises and project material. Researchers of both symbolic and connectionist persuasions will find the book of interest for its approach to cognitive modeling, which emphasizes methodological issues. They will also find that the COGENT environment itself has much to offer.

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Aimed at both students and practitioners, this text explains the process of building computational models of high-level cognitive processes and systems. The COGENT software environment (downloadable off the Web) is used as both teaching tool and as research tool. After discussing foundational and background issues, six case studies from a range of cognitive domains are presented. Finally issues raised by the case studies are discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805838831
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Background. Modelling Cognition. An Introduction to COGENT. Part II: Modelling in Specific Domains. Overview. Arthimetic: A Cognitive Skill. Problem Solving. Deductive Reasoning. Decision Making. Sentence Processing. Executive Processes. Part III: Reflections. Reflections.
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