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Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This exciting textbook introduces students to the dynamic vibrant area of Cognitive Science - the scientific study of the mind and cognition. Cognitive Science draws upon many academic disciplines, including Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and Neuroscience. This is the first textbook to present a unified view of Cognitive Science as a discipline in it ...more
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 5th 2010)
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Tiago Faleiro
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've become increasingly fascinated by cognitive science, largely influenced by John Vervaeke. I wanted to pick up a textbook about it so I could get an introduction, and among the reputable ones, this was the shortest. When I first opened it I was a bit baffled. Crazy complex graphs that looked indecipherable. Thankful, I was mistaken. While difficult, most of them are quite accessible within the context of the book and the foundation it provides.

The first part starts with the pre-history of c
Arman Behrad
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s one of the best of its kind. Maybe ‘Cognitive science based on the Information processing system ‘ would be a better topic for the essay. Author emphasis on the different approaches to the explanation of why cognitive abilities take form. The chapter about the ‘dynamical systems ‘ was extra. Indeed philosophical and social aspects of cognitive beings were neglected but that doesn't decrease the value of the book. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-neuroscience
Really frustrating experience. Do not recommend. There's a very accurate review/summary over on lesswrong (http://lesswrong.com/lw/il1/book_revi...).

I learned plenty from the book, but as So8res in the above review puts it, "the book was a lot of noise with very little signal". It could easily have been half the length. The target audience (if the author indeed intended one at all) is pitched far too low. His use and placement of diagrams indicates to me only that he knows textbooks like this sh
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I understand why some people didn't rate this book too highly, as it's rather intimidating if you don't have a background with AI or supplemental resources that you can pull from in order to better understand/relate to. It might help to read Haugeland, Turing, and Newell before studying this book.

I'd say this textbook is about average, I'm rating it with an additional star as I appreciated how interdisciplinary it is.
Chris Gaviria
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very clear and up to date introduction to cognitive science.
Daniel Solomon
Oct 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a good introduction/review of some of the key ideas/Concepts of cognitive science such as:
C1) The mind as an information processsing system, cognition as info processing.
C2) The goal/challenge of integrating knowledge from psychology, philosophy of mind, computer science/artificial intelligence and other disciplines studying the mind in various ways.
C3) The 3 levels of analysis of classic cognitive science: computational, algorithmic, implementational.
C4) Mental architectures
If you want a book in which you will learn very little about Cognitive Science, but a whole lot of confusing details about AI, then this is the book for you. I hated reading this book, the writer assumes that you know everything about Cognitive Science and uses technical jargon throughout. Not for an introductory course, which is what I took.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maciej Siwek
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Read only one chapter of the book, for Uni classes but it's pretty neat. Written in simple language, explains a lot about basics of Cognitive Science. ...more
Pedro Carvalho
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting but very trivial.
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José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he previously served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning. Before joining Texas A&M in 2010 he was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in ...more

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