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What is Cognitive Science? - Ernest Lepore

What is Cognitive Science?

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Published: 18th October 1999
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Written by an assembly of leading researchers in the field, this volume provides an innovative and non-technical introduction to cognitive science, and the key issues that animate the field. Cognitive science is one of the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason - and even such exotic questions as how a material system can know about the outside world - are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling. We may, for the first time, be in a position to attempt an integrated theory of cognition based on ideas about cognitive architecture. Thus cognitive science offers the promise of bringing together modern conceptual tools and classical problems in a powerful new scholarly synthesis. The book is divided into sections on Mind, Vision, Language, and Neuroscience, and contains selections on the foundations of cognitive science, cognition development, reasoning, object recognition, eye movements, visual recognition, language processing and acquisition, optimality theory, and neuroscience. Students who are beginning their exploration of cognitive science will find both pedagogical tutorial essays to orient them to this exciting field, as well as more technical material, to provide a sense of how cognitive science is actually practised, at the state of the art.

"Many of the authors are major academic figures (e.g., Fodor, Pylyshyn, Stich), and all are authoritative in their fields. The book, taken as a whole, conveys some of the excitement going on today in cognitive science. Recommended." C. Koch, Choice

"Having been based on a lecture series that brought together some of the most innovative research in the field, this collection will work superbly as an introductory text. Aimed at a diverse audience, the issues are given a systematic presentation with technical concepts introduced both gradually and precisely. Lepore and Pylyshyn's edition serves as a quite complete and provocative path of entry into the science of the mind." David Kilfoyle, York University, Canada

"An excellent collection of chapters by very talented investigators who truly understand the mission of cognitive science." -- Rochel Gelman, Rutgers University

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

1 What?s in your mind? 1
Zenon W. Pylyshyn

2 Explaining the infant?s object concept: Beyond the perception/cognition dichotomy 26
Brian J. Scholl and Alan M. Leslie

3 Rethinking rationality: From bleak implications to Darwinian modules 74
Richard Samuels, Stephen Stich, and Patrice D. Tremoulet

4 New foundations for perception 121
Michael Leyton

5 Object representation and recognition 172
Sven J. Dickinson

6 Does vision work? Towards a semantics of perception 208
Jacob Feldman

7 The brain as a hypothesis-constructing-and-testing agent 230
Thomas V. Papathomas

8 What movements of the eye tell us about the mind 248
Eileen Kowler

9 Visual dilemmas: Competition between eyes and between percepts in binocular rivalry 263
Thomas V. Papathomas, Ilona Kovacs, Akos Feher, and Bela Julesz

10 Linguistic and cognitive explanation in optimality theory 295
Bruce Tesar, Jane Grimshaw, and Alan Prince

11 Impossible words? 327
Jerry Fodor and Ernest Lepore

12 Bridging the symbolic-connectionist gap in language comprehension 336
Suzanne Stevenson

13 Cognitive and neural aspects of language acquisitions 356
Karin Stromswold

14 Connectionist neuroscience: representational and learning issues for neuroscience 401
Stephen Jose Hanson

Index 429

ISBN: 9780631204947
ISBN-10: 0631204946
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 18th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.32 x 17.93  x 2.38
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1