The Handbook of Cognition provides a definitive synthesis of the most up-to-date and advanced work in cognitive psychology in a single volume. The editors have gathered together a team of world-leading researchers in specialist areas of the field, both traditional and `hot' new areas, to present a benchmark - in terms of theoretical insight and advances in methodology - of the discipline. This book contains a thorough overview of the most significant and current research in cognitive psychology that will serve this academic community like no other volume.

Mathematical Modelling of Cognition
Mathematical modelling of cognition

Mathematical models are essential in many scientific disciplines. Physicists, engineers, economists and biologists make extensive use of mathematical and formal techniques to express, develop and test scientific theories. In psychology, mathematical models have a long tradition too. From the earliest days of experimental psychology, theorists have attempted to construct formal models that capture the regularities of behaviour and cognition (see Luce, Bush, & Galanter, 1963, 1965).

There are many reasons why mathematical models can be superior to other kinds of models (such as informal verbal theories). First, mathematical models must be precise and consistent. A mathematical or computational model that contains elements that are ill-defined or that contradict each other will simply not work. Second, this definitional and conceptual ...

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