The Nature of Cognition / Edition 1

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Most cognitive psychology texts are organized around empirical findings on standard substantive topics such as perception, memory, vision, and language.

This book is the first to introduce the study of cognition in terms of the major conceptual themes that underlie virtually all the substantive topics. Taking a dialectical approach, the chapters contrast alternative approaches to the underlying themes (e.g., domain-generality vs. domain-specificity), then show how a synthesis of the two approaches provides the best understanding.

The book is organized into six sections: general issues in cognition, representation and process in cognition, methodology in cognition, kinds of cognition, group and individual differences in cognition, and a conclusion.

Contributors: Rhianon Allen, Axel Buchner, Patricia A. Carpenter, Stephen J. Ceci, Michael Cole, Eduardus DeBruyn, Randall W. Engle, Peter A. Frensch, Elena L. Grigorenko, Earl Hunt, P.N.

Johnson-Laird, Marcel Adam Just, Michael Kahana, John F. Kihlstrom, Geoffrey Loftus,Valerie S. Makin, Timothy P. McNamara, Thomas O. Nelson, Raymond S. Nickerson,Natalie Oransky, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Dennis R. Proffitt, Arthur S. Reber, Paul J.

Reber, Daniel N. Robinson, Tina B. Rosenblum, Brian H. Ross, Steven Sloman, Robert J. Sternberg.

Based in dialectical understandings; disc. representation, process, methodologies, kinds of cognition, cultural issues.

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"The breadth of coverage and the expertise of the authors make thisvolume an invaluable research and teaching resource." Sam Glucksberg , Professor ofPsychology, Princeton University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262692120
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/1999
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 748
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I General Issues in Cognition
1 What Is a Theory of Thought? 3
2 A Dialectical Basis for Understanding the Study of Cognition 51
3 Rationalism versus Empiricism in Cognition 79
II Representation and Process in Cognition
4 Single-Code versus Multiple-Code Theories in Cognition 113
5 Domain-Generality versus Domain-Specificity in Cognition 137
6 Conscious versus Unconscious Cognition 173
7 Prototype versus Exemplar Models in Cognition 205
III Methodology in Cognition
8 Computational Modeling of High-Level Cognition versus Hypothesis Testing 245
9 Brain versus Behavioral Studies of Cognition 295
10 Response Time versus Accuracy in Human Memory 323
11 Laboratory versus Field Approaches to Cognition 385
12 Basic versus Applied Research 409
IV Kinds of Cognition
13 Inferential versus Ecological Approaches to Perception 447
14 Implicit versus Explicit Learning 475
15 Multi-Store versus Dynamic Models of Temporary Storage in Memory 515
16 Rational versus Arational Models of Thought 557
17 Formal Rules versus Mental Models in Reasoning 587
18 Cognition versus Metacognition 625
V Group and Individual Differences in Cognition
19 Culture-Free versus Culture-Based Measures of Cognition 645
20 Heredity versus Environment as the Basis of Cognitive Abilities 665
Contributors 697
Author Index 699
Subject Index 715
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