1st Edition

Fundamentals of Cognitive Science Minds, Brain, Magic, and Evolution

By Thomas Hardy Leahey Copyright 2023
    398 Pages 101 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    398 Pages 101 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fundamentals of Cognitive Science draws on research from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, evolution, and neuroscience to provide an engaging and student-friendly introduction to this interdisciplinary field. While structured around traditional cognitive psychology topics, from attention, learning theory, and memory to information processing, thinking, and decision making, the book also looks at neural networks, cognitive neuroscience, embodied cognition, and magic to illustrate cognitive science principles.

    The book is organized around the history of thinking about the mind and its relation to the world. It considers the evolution of cognition and how it demonstrates how our current thinking about cognitive processes is derived from pre-scientific philosophies and common sense, through psychologists’ empirical inquiries into mind and behavior as they pursued a science of cognition and the construction of artificial intelligences. The architectures of cognition are also applied throughout, and the book proposes a synthesis of them, from traditional symbol system architectures to recent work in embodied cognition and Bayesian predictive processing. Practical and policy implications are also considered but solutions are left for the readers to determine.

    Using extended case studies to address the most important themes, ideas, and findings, this book is suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and related fields. It is also suitable for general readers interested in an accessible treatment of cognitive science and its practical implications.

    Please visit www.fundamentalsofcognitivescience.com for further resources to accompany the book.

    1. What Is a Mind?, 2. Mind Design, 3. Architectures of Cognition, 4. Learning, 5. Early Information Processing, 6. Memory, 7. The Higher Mental Processes: Thinking and Deciding: Are People Rational?, 8. Cognitive Neuroscience, 9. Evolution of Cognition: Human Minds as Adaptations


    Thomas Hardy Leahey is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He has been President of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and the Society for the History of Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a founding fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

    "This book turns material that students might find dense and inaccessible into engaging and fun ideas, especially via its common thread of discussing magic tricks and illusions. The passion that the author has for the material is infectious, and overall it balances being a great introduction to lots of topics with diving into depth on a good sample of them."

    Mark Sheskin, Associate Professor, Developmental Psychology at Minerva University, USA.