Cognitive Science is a major new guide to the central theories and problems in the study of the mind and brain. The authors clearly explain how and why cognitive science aims to understand the brain as a computational system that manipulates representations. They identify the roots of cognitive science in Descartes - who argued that all knowledge of the external world is filtered through some sort of representation - and examine the present-day role of Artificial Intelligence, computing, psychology, linguistics and neuroscience.
Throughout, the key building blocks of cognitive science are clearly illustrated: perception, memory, attention, emotion, language, control of movement, learning, understanding and other important mental phenomena. Cognitive Science:
'A unique and satisfying combination of philosophy and cognitive science, this book will appeal to undergraduates and experts alike. Well written, current, and easy to follow, it marks a new territory in the teaching of cognitive science.' - Valerie Hardcastle, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA
Preface Introduction 1. Beginning Concepts 2. Windows on the Brain and Mind 3. Perception 4. Thought 5. Action and Emotion 6. Language 7. Consciousness