This new major work in a key area of psychological study and research has been bought together by one of Europe’s leading Cognitive scientists and will be included as part of the Sage Benchmarks in Psychology series. Drawing upon highly influential classic and contemporary sources, Koen Lambert guides readers through the central defining papers that anchor the field of Cognitive Science. Taken together, the six volumes will provide access to the key debates within the field and all the main lines of research that have emerged. This resource presents an interdisciplinary collection of wide ranging readings taken from leading behavioral sciences publications, including highly cited theoretical articles and empirical articles that have had great impact on the key debates in the field.

Towards a Scientific Psychology
Towards a scientific psychology

The demise of behaviorism was followed by various attempts to create a realist cognitive psychology. The First Cognitive Revolution failed for two main reasons. It was unsystematic in the analysis of psychological phenomena, relying too much on the surviving methodology of naïve positivistic experimental methods. The version of artificial intelligence it took up was implausible as an analytical model for psychological phenomena and as an explanatory model for the means of their production.

According to the version of cognitive psychology we are developing in this course the mental realm includes both private and public phenomena. It is nothing but a flow of private and public patterns of symbols created and managed by human actors according to local norms and ...

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