Psychology Cognitive Psychology
Mind, second edition
Introduction to Cognitive Science
- MIT Press
- Initial publish date
- Feb 2005
- Cognitive Psychology
Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- Feb 2005
- List Price
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Cognitive science approaches the study of mind and intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective, working at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. With Mind, Paul Thagard offers an introduction to this interdisciplinary field for readers who come to the subject with very different backgrounds. It is suitable for classroom use by students with interests ranging from computer science and engineering to psychology and philosophy.
Thagard's systematic descriptions and evaluations of the main theories of mental representation advanced by cognitive scientists allow students to see that there are many complementary approaches to the investigation of mind. The fundamental theoretical perspectives he describes include logic, rules, concepts, analogies, images, and connections (artificial neural networks). The discussion of these theories provides an integrated view of the different achievements of the various fields of cognitive science.
This second edition includes substantial revision and new material. Part I, which presents the different theoretical approaches, has been updated in light of recent work the field. Part II, which treats extensions to cognitive science, has been thoroughly revised, with new chapters added on brains, emotions, and consciousness. Other additions include a list of relevant Web sites at the end of each chapter and a glossary at the end of the book. As in the first edition, each chapter concludes with a summary and suggestions for further reading.
About the author
Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of The Cognitive Science of Science (MIT Press, 2012) and many other books.
Other titles by Paul Thagard
Bots and Beasts
What Makes Machines, Animals, and People Smart?
From Social Brains to Knowledge, Reality, Morality, and Beauty (Treatise on Mind and Society)
From Brains to Social Sciences and Professions (Treatise on Mind and Society)
From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity (Treatise on Mind and Society)
The Cognitive Science of Science
Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change
Coherence in Thought and Action
Introductory Selections on Cognitive Science
Analogy in Creative Thought