Computation and Cognition

Toward a Foundation for Cognitive Science
Overview

This systematic investigation of computation and mental phenomena by a noted psychologist and computer scientist argues that cognition is a form of computation, that the semantic contents of mental states are encoded in the same general way as computer representations are encoded. It is a rich and sustained investigation of the assumptions underlying the directions cognitive science research is taking.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Explanatory Vocabulary of Cognition
  3. 2. The Explanatory Role of Representations
  4. 3. The Relevance of Computation
  5. 4. The Psychological Reality of Programs: Strong Equivalence
  6. 5. Constraining Functional Architecture
  7. 6. The Bridge from Physical to Symbolic: Transduction
  8. 7. Functional Architecture and Analogue Processes
  9. 8. Mental Imagery and Functional Architecture
  10. 9. Epilogue: What is Cognitive Science the Science of?
  11. References
  12. Index