This is the first major text to offer a truly comprehensive review of cognitive science in its fullest sense. Ranging from artificial intelligence models and cognitive psychology to recent discursive and cultural theories, Rom Harré offers a breathtakingly original yet accessible integration of the field. At its core this textbook addresses the question "is psychology a science?" with a clear account of scientific method and explanation and their bearing on psychological research.
A pivotal figure in psychology and philosophy for many decades Rom Harré has turned his unmatched breadth of reference and insight for students at all levels. Whether describing, language, categorization, memory, the brain or connectionism the book always links our intuitions about beliefs, desires and their social context to the latest accounts of their place in computational and biological models.
Fluently written and well structured, this an ideal text for students. The book is divided into four basic modules, with three lectures in each; the reader is guided with helpful learning points, study and essay questions and key readings for each chapter.
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About the Author
Rom Harré is a Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford and Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE NATURE AND METHODS OF SCIENCEA Science for PsychologyThe Natural SciencesUnderstanding Scientific MethodPART TWO: THE SEARCH FOR A SCIENCE OF HUMAN BEHAVIOURPsychology as the Science of Mental SubstancePsychology as the Science of Material SubstanceThe Beginnings of Cognitive SciencePART THREE: TOWARDS A SCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGYGrammar and CognitionCognitive Science The Analytical PhaseConnectionism and the BrainPART FOUR: COGNITIVE SCIENCE IN ACTIONThe Memory MachineThe Psychology of ClassifyingCognitive Disorders