ISBN: 9780262278263 | 878 pp. | October 2002


Foundations of Cognitive Psychology

Core Readings

Scientists from many disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience, contribute to the study of cognition. Cognitive psychology, the science of the human mind and of how people process information, is at the core of empirical investigations into the nature of mind and thought.

This anthology is based on the assumption that cognitive psychology is at heart empirical philosophy. Many of the core questions about thought, language, perception, memory, and knowledge of other people's minds were for centuries the domain of philosophy. The book begins with the philosophical foundations of inquiry into the nature of mind and thought, in particular the writings of Descartes, and then covers the principal topics of cognitive psychology including memory, attention, and decision making.

The book organizes a daunting amount of information, underlining the essentials, while also introducing readers to the ambiguities and controversies of research. It is arranged thematically and includes many topics not typically taught in cognition courses, including human factors and ergonomics, evolutionary psychology, music cognition, and experimental design.

The contributors include: Daniel Dennett, Daniel Kahneman, Jay McClelland, Donald Norman, Michael Posner, Stephen Palmer, Eleanor Rosch, John Searle, Roger Shepard, and Anne Treisman.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Foundations-Philosophical Basis, The Mind/Body Problem
  3. 1. Visual Awareness

    Stephen E. Palmer

  4. 2. Where Am I?

    Daniel C. Dennett

  5. 3. Can Machines Think?

    Daniel C. Dennett

  6. II. Neural Networks
  7. 4. The Appeal of Parallel Distributed Processing

    Jay L. McClelland, David E. Rumelhard, and Geoffrey E. Hinton

  8. III. Objections
  9. 5. Minds, Brains, and Programs

    John R. Searle

  10. IV. Experimental Design
  11. 6. Experimental Design in Psychological Research

    Daniel J. Levitin

  12. V. Perception
  13. 7. Perception

    Phillip G. Zimbardo and Richard J. Gerrig

  14. 8. Organizing Objects and Scenes

    Stephen E. Palmer

  15. 9. The Auditory Scene

    Albert S. Bregman

  16. VI. Categories and Concepts
  17. 10. Principles of Categorization

    Eleanor Rosch

  18. 11. Philosophical Investigations, Sections 65-78

    Ludwig Wittgensten

  19. 12. The Exemplar View

    Edward E. Smith and Douglas L. Medin

  20. VII. Memory
  21. 13. Memory for Musical Attributes

    Daniel J. Levitin

  22. 14. Memory

    R. Kim Guenther

  23. VIII. Attention
  24. 15. Attention and Performance Limitations

    Michael W. Eysenck and Mark T. Keane

  25. 16. Features and Objects in Visual Processing

    Anne Treisman

  26. IX. Human-Computer Interaction
  27. 17. The Psychopathology of Everyday Things

    Donald A. Norman

  28. 18. Distributed Cognition

    Donald A. Norman

  29. X. Music Cognition
  30. 19. Neural Nets, Temporal Composites, and Tonality

    Jamshed J. Bharucha

  31. 20. The Development of Music Perception and Cognition

    W. Jay Dowling

  32. 21. Cognitive Psychology and Music

    Roger N. Shepard and Daniel J. Levitin

  33. XI. Expertise
  34. 22. Prospects and Limits of the Empirical Study of Expertise: An Introduction

    K. Anders Ericsson and Jacqui Smith

  35. 23. Three Problems in Teaching General Skills

    John R. Hayes

  36. 24. Musical Expertise

    John A. Sloboda

  37. XII. Decision Making
  38. 25. Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases

    Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman

  39. 26. Decision Making

    Eldar Shafir and Amos Tversky

  40. 27. For Those Condermned to Study the Past: Heuristics and Biases in Hindsight

    Baruch Fischhoff

  41. XIII. Evolutionary Approaches
  42. 28. Adaptations, Exaptations, and Spandrels

    Daniel M. Buss, Martie G. Haselton, Todd K. Shackelford, April L. Bleske, and Jerome C. Wakefield

  43. 29. Toward Mapping the Evolved Functional Organization of Mind and Brain

    John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

  44. XIV. Language 1 - Language Acquisition
  45. 30. The Invention of Language by Children: Environmental and Biological Influences

    Lila R. Gleitman and Elissa Newport

  46. XV. Language 2 - Language and Thought
  47. 31. Languages and Logic

    Benjamin L. Whorf

  48. XVI. Language 3 - Pragmatics
  49. 32. Logic and Conversation

    H.P. Grice

  50. 33. Idiomaticity and Human Cognition

    Raymond W. Gibbs Jr.

  51. XVII. Intelligence
  52. 34. In a Nutshell

    Howard Gardner

  53. 35. A Rounded Version

    Howard Gardner and Joseph Walters

  54. 36. Individual Differences in Cognition

    R. Kim Guenther

  55. XVIII. Cognitive Neuroscience
  56. 37. Localization of Cognitive Operations in the Human Brain

    Michael I. Posner, Steven E. Petersen, Peter T. Fox, and Marcus E. Raichle

  57. 38. The Mind and Donald O. Hebb

    Peter M. Milner

  58. 39. Imagining the Future

    Michael I. Posner and Daniel J. Levitin

  59. Index