An Introduction to the Science of the Mind
- Author: José Luis Bermúdez, Texas A & M University
Cognitive Science combines the interdisciplinary streams of cognitive science into a unified narrative in an all-encompassing introduction to the field. This text presents cognitive science as a discipline in its own right, and teaches students to apply the techniques and theories of the cognitive scientist's 'toolkit' - the vast range of methods and tools that cognitive scientists use to study the mind. Thematically organized, rather than by separate disciplines, Cognitive Science underscores the problems and solutions of cognitive science, rather than those of the subjects that contribute to it - psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, etc. The generous use of examples, illustrations, and applications demonstrates how theory is applied to unlock the mysteries of the human mind. Drawing upon cutting-edge research, the text has been updated and enhanced to incorporate new studies and key experiments since the first edition. A new chapter on consciousness has also been added.Read more
- Treats cognitive science as a discipline in its own right
- This second edition includes an entirely new chapter on consciousness, and has been updated throughout to incorporate new theories and experiments
- Online resources provide a complete teaching package, including experimental demonstrations, videos, figures from the text, sample syllabi, instructor PowerPoint slides for every section, multiple-choice questions, suggestions for class discussion, and links to useful online resources
- Offers a lively, full color presentation with overviews, summaries and checklists to aid active learning and help students find and retain information for papers and exams
Reviews & endorsements
'The most carefully written, thorough, up-to-date, and accessible single-author textbook on the theoretical issues of cognitive science I have read.' John Douard, Rutgers UniversitySee more reviews
'One of the best introductions to cognitive science available.' Gottfried Vosgerau, University of Dusseldorf
'A great textbook, which covers the kind of material that a cognitive scientist should know in the twenty-first century.' Daniel Montoya, Fayetteville State University
'The text is engaging, well crafted for an undergraduate audience, and is sure to inspire a generation of students.' Michael Spivey, University of California, Merced
'It is a challenge to provide a collection of students who have different backgrounds with a meaningful integration of an area that is, itself, not well defined. Bermúdez's book comes closer to meeting that goal than any other that I'm familiar with.' Gordon Pitz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: March 2014
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139899468
- contains: 18 b/w illus. 118 colour illus. 9 tables
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Table of Contents
Part I. Historical Landmarks: Introduction to Part I
1. The prehistory of cognitive science
2. The discipline matures: three milestones
3. The turn to the brain
Part II. The Integration Challenge: Introduction to Part II
4. Cognitive science and the integration challenge
5. Tackling the integration challenge
Part III. Information-Processing Models of the Mind: Introduction to Part III
6. Physical symbol systems and the language of thought
7. Applying the symbolic paradigm
8. Neural networks and distributed information processing
9. Neural network models of cognitive processes
Part IV. The Organization of the Mind: Introduction to Part IV
10. How are cognitive systems organized?
11. Strategies for brain mapping
12. A case study: exploring mindreading
Part V. New Horizons: Introduction to Part V
13. New horizons: dynamical systems and situated cognition
14. The cognitive science of consciousness
15. Looking ahead: challenges and applications
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