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.

Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology

We have thus far examined four fields of study that address basic issues of who we are and how we function. We looked at the types of questions asked and at attempts to answer them in the area of cognitive psychology, in the field of neuroscience, in the development of artificial intelligence, and in the discipline of linguistics. Our final chapters, addressing the domain of philosophy, take us full circle, back to questions we asked at the beginning.

These questions have proven difficult to answer. ...

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