This engagingly written introduction to the cognitive sciences examines the historical and contemporary issues and research findings of the core cognitive science disciplines, including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, language, philosophy, and artificial intelligence. For each of the core disciplines of cognitive science, the historical development and classic research studies are presented in one chapter and current research development and issues follow in a second chapter. The student is given insight into the way each discipline has contributed to the growth of cognitive science and what directions research is taking in the future. This text assumes no background on the part of the reader.

Early Approaches to the Study of Human Cognition

Early approaches to the study of human cognition

As a young person, I was able to do pretty much what was asked of me at home and in school. There exists one area that was and remains my nemesis, however: I haven't much sense of direction. When driving anywhere unfamiliar to me, I almost invariably turn the wrong way. I've tried to remedy this situation by turning in the direction opposite to the one that is my first impulse. ...

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