The Mathematics of Behavior

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2006 - Psychology
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Mathematical thinking provides a clear, crisp way of defining problems. Our whole technology is based on it. What is less appreciated is that mathematical thinking can also be applied to problems in the social and behavioral sciences. This book illustrates how mathematics can be used to understand human and animal behavior, using examples in psychology, sociology, economics, ecology, and even marriage counseling.
 

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Contents

Preface page ix
2
applying probability theory to problems
18
Appendix 2B Some Important Properties
33
from physics to perception
42
when systems evolve over time
67
nonlinear and chaotic systems
104
defining rationality
132
multidimensional scaling
216
the mathematical models behind
231
how to know you asked a good question
259
the construction of complexity
277
a Simple Market Economy
283
connectionism
297
References
328
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Earl Hunt is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has written many articles and chapters in contributed volumes and was the past editor of Cognitive Psychology and Journal of Experimental Psychology. His books include Concept Learning: An Information Processing Problem (Wiley), Experiments in Induction (Academic Press), Artificial Intelligence (Academic Press), and Will We Be Smart Enough? (Sage Foundation) which won the William James Prize from the American Psychological Association in 1996. His most recent book is Thoughts on Thought (Erlbaum, 2002).

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