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Comprehension : A Paradigm for Cognition - Walter Kintsch

Comprehension

A Paradigm for Cognition

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521583602
Number Of Pages: 480

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In this book, Walter Kintsch presents a theory of human text comprehension and extends his analysis to related areas. Comprehension is conceptualized as a two-stage process: first, approximate, inaccurate representations are constructed via context insensitive construction rules, which are then integrated via a spreading activation constraint satisfaction process. In Part I, the general theory is presented and an attempt is made to situate it within the current theoretical landscape in cognitive science. The second part addresses many of the topics that are typically found in a cognitive psychology text, including how word meanings are identified in a discourse context; how words are combined to form coherent representations of texts, both at the local and global level; what the role is of working memory in comprehension; how relevant knowledge is activated during reading; and what is the distinction between remembering a text and learning from a text. Researchers in the fields of psychology and linguistics will find this to be a most welcome contribution from one of the discipline's most celebrated scholars.

"The text is well written and should be on the "must read" list for cognitive psychologists who are interested in text and discourse processing." Journal of Mathematical Psychology "The text is well written and should be on the "must read" list for cognitive psychologists who are interested in text and discourse processing." Journal of Mathematical Psychology

Introduction
The Theory
Cognition and representation
Propositional representations
Modeling comprehension processes: the construction-integration model
Models Of Comprehension
Word identification in discourse
Textbases and situation models
he role of working memory in comprehension
Memory for text
Learning from text
Word problems
Beyond text
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ISBN: 9780521583602
ISBN-10: 0521583608
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.87