Cognitive Science: An Introduction

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Cognitive Science: An Introduction

This book is intended to be an introductory undergraduate text for the field of cognitive science, the interdicipline that endeavors to understand cognition at a computational level from a variety of methodological viewpoints.

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Study Questions
Style Guide

What Cognitive Science Is

A Brief History
Cognitive Science Defined
Other Cognitive Levels of Explanation

The Architecture of the Mind

Modularity vs. General Purpose Functioning
Metaphor and Analogy
Cognitive Architectures Implemented As Software

The Evolution of Intelligence

What is evolution?
Methodology: How Can We Understand the Evolution of Intelligence?
A Brief History of Human Evolution
Explanations For How Humans Got So Smart


Perception's Role in Cognition
Senses In Non-human Animals and Robots
What the Senses Have in Common

Classification and Categorization

Memory, Representation, and Learning

Human Memory
Computer and Software Memory
Memory In Distributed Cognitive Systems
Kinds of Learning
Learning At Different Levels of Analysis
How Cognitive Science Can Help You Get Through School

Reasoning and Inference

The General Function of Reasoning
Creativity, Planning, and Imagination
Biases and Reasoning Heuristics
Moral Thinking

Language and Communication

Kinds of Language
Non-Human Animal Communication
Human Language
The Language of Thought and Intra-brain Communication

Executive Control and Consciousness

What Consciousness Is

Development Over the Lifespan

Acting to Learn


Artificial Intelligence Methods
Psychology Methods
Philosophy Methods
Linguistics Methods
Anthropology Methods

""Cognitive Science and The Real World""

Myths about Cognition
Cognitive Science in the Media
Practical Applications of Cognitive Science