The Modularity of Mind / Edition 1

The Modularity of Mind / Edition 1

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by Jerry A. Fodor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262560259

ISBN-13: 9780262560252

Pub. Date: 04/06/1983

Publisher: MIT Press

This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind. Most psychologists study horizontal processes like memory and information flow; Fodor postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviors. This view of mental architecture is

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This study synthesizes current information from the various fields of cognitive science in support of a new and exciting theory of mind. Most psychologists study horizontal processes like memory and information flow; Fodor postulates a vertical and modular psychological organization underlying biologically coherent behaviors. This view of mental architecture is consistent with the historical tradition of faculty psychology while integrating a computational approach to mental processes. One of the most notable aspects of Fodor's work is that it articulates features not only of speculative cognitive architectures but also of current research in artificial intelligence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262560252
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/06/1983
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Four Accounts of Mental Structure
2 A Functional Taxonomy of Cognitive Mechanisms
3 Input Systems as Modules
4 Central Systems
5 Caveats and Conclusions
Notes
References

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The Modularity of Mind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This classic in cognitive science has a great deal to say, but an awkward way of saying it. Author Jerry A. Fodor¿s style is academic and dense, a potential barrier to all but the most determined, well-prepared reader. Arcane and brilliant, Fodor intersperses colloquial jests with jargon-burdened exposition, leading one to believe that he could have written a book more accessible to the lay reader had he wished to do so. We find, however, that the book repays the persistent, dedicated reader. The reward is a fascinating exploration of the mind, drawing on the literature of epistemology and psychology, with occasional detours down the rarely explored byways of phrenology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago