Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science
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.
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Review: Mind: Introduction to Cognitive ScienceUser Review - Nima Vaziri - Goodreads
A well-rounded introduction to cognitive science. I enjoyed the breakdown between the different aspects of cognitive science and their respective coverage. Read full review
Review: Mind: Introduction to Cognitive ScienceUser Review - Aaron Michaux - Goodreads
With exceptional clarity, Thagard gives a concise broad overview of research into strong artificial intelligence. Computer scientists will want something with more substance. Read full review
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Extensions to Cognitive Science