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.

THIS BOOK IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND IS STILL INCOMPLETE

About This Book

Approach
Study Questions
Style Guide

What Cognitive Science Is

What is Science?
A Brief History
Cognitive Science Defined
Other Cognitive Levels of Explanation

The Architecture of the Mind

Modularity vs. General Purpose Functioning
Emotion
Metaphor and Analogy
Cognitive Architectures Implemented As Software
Brain Architecture and Processing

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

Perception's Role in Cognition
Vision
Audition
Haptics
Olfaction
Gustation
Vestibular Systems
Proprioception
Interoception
Senses In Non-human Animals and Robots
What the Senses Have in Common

Classification and Categorization

Memory, Representation, and Learning

Memory Introduction
Human Memory
Computer and Software Memory
Memory In Distributed Cognitive Systems
Kinds of Learning
Learning At Different Levels of Analysis

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 Communication
Human Language
Logic
The Language of Thought and Intra-brain Communication

Executive Control and Consciousness

What Consciousness Is

Development Over the Lifespan

Acting to Learn

Specific Mental Processes

Time Psychology
Dreaming

Methods

Artificial Intelligence Methods
Psychology Methods
Philosophy Methods
Linguistics Methods
Neuroscience Methods
Anthropology Methods

Cognitive Science and The Real World

How Cognitive Science Can Help You Get Through School
Myths about Cognition
Cognitive Science in the Media
Practical Applications of Cognitive Science