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What is Cognitive Science?

Ernest Lepore (Editor), Zenon Pylyshyn (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20494-7 October 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 448 Pages


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.

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

"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<!--end-->

  • Written by an assembly of leading researchers in the field including Zenon Pylyshyn, Karin Stromswold, Alan Prince, Jane Grimshaw, Alan Leslie, Steve Stich, Jerry Fodor
  • Provides an innovative and non-technical introduction to cognitive science and the key issues that animate the field
  • Consists of 14 newly-commissioned articles.