An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Second Edition, Volume 4

Methods, Models, and Conceptual Issues

An Invitation to Cognitive Science provides a point of entry into the vast realm of cognitive science by treating in depth examples of issues and theories from many subfields. The first three volumes of the series cover Language, Visual Cognition, and Thinking.

Volume 4, Methods, Models, and Conceptual Issues, expands the series in new directions. The chapters span many areas of cognitive science—including artificial intelligence, neural network models, animal cognition, signal detection theory, computational models, reaction-time methods, and cognitive neuroscience. The volume also offers introductions to several general methods and theoretical approaches for analyzing the mind, and shows how some of these approaches are applied in the development of quantitative models.

Rather than general and inevitably superficial surveys of areas, the contributors present "case studies"—detailed accounts of one or two achievements within an area. The goal is to tell a good story, challenging the reader to embark on an intellectual adventure.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. About the Editors
  3. List of Contributors
  4. 1. Symbolic Processes in the Brain: The Case of Insect Navigation

    Charles R. Gallistel

  5. 2. The Mental Representation of Time: Uncovering a Biological Clock

    Seth Roberts

  6. 3. The Evolution of Cognition: Questions We Will Never Answer

    Richard Lewontin

  7. 4. Consciousness and the Mind: Contributions from Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology

    Owen Flanagan and Donald T. Dryden

  8. 5. Cognitive Algorithms: Questions of Representation and Computation in Building a Theory

    Mark Steedman

  9. 6. A Gentle Introduction to Soar: An Architecture for Human Cognition

    Jill Fain Lehman, John E. Laird, and Paul Rosenbloom

  10. 7. Learning Arithmetic with a Neural Network: Seven Times Seven Is About Fifty

    James A. Anderson

  11. 8. Models for Reading Letters and Words

    Dominic W. Massaro

  12. 9. Inferring Mental Operations from Reaction-TIme Data: How We Compare Objects

    Saul Sternberg

  13. 10. Models of Visual Search: Finding a Face in the Crowd

    Barbara Anne Dosher

  14. 11. Skill Acquisition and Plans for Actions: Learning to Write with Your Other Hand

    Patricia G. Lindermann and Charles E. Wright

  15. 12. Drawing Conclusions from Data: Statistical Methods for Coping with Uncertainty

    Thomas D. Wickens

  16. 13. Separating Discrimination and Decision in Detection, Recognition, and Matters of Life and Death

    John A. Swets

  17. 14. Discovering Mental Processing Stages: The Method of Additive Factors

    Saul Sternberg

  18. 15. Brainwaves and Mental Processes: Electrical Evidence of Attention, Perception, and Intention

    Allen Osman

  19. Author Index
  20. Index