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.

Exploring the Brain

Exploring the brain

In August 1997 a report was published describing the results of an unusual and extreme treatment of 54 children whose incapacitating epileptic seizures were not controllable by medication (Freeman et al., 1997). (Epileptic seizures are brief mild to severe episodes in which a person experiences either involuntary movements of parts of the body or convulsions, often accompanied by loss of consciousness. They are triggered by electrical ...

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