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.
Chapter 1. Early Approaches to the Study of Human Cognition Chapter 2. The Approach of Cognitive Science Chapter 3. Exploring the Brain Chapter 4. Modern Technology and Research Chapter 5. Setting the Stage for Artificial Intelligence Chapter 6. The Machine Performs Chapter 7. What Linguistics Is About Chapter 8. The Role of Linguistics in Cognitive Science Chapter 9. Evolutionary Psychology Chapter 10. Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science Chapter 11. Who Are We?
Carolyn Sobel is Professor Emerita of Linguistics, Hofstra University, New York. She held several positions while teaching there, including that of Area Coordinator (the equivalent of Department Chair) in both the Social Sciences and Creative Studies areas at Hofstra Universityas New College. Dr. Sobel received her BA from Swarthmore College, where she majored in French and minored in psychology, and her Ph.D. in linguistics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Given her interest in language and the brain, she ultimately found it a short step from linguistics to cognitive science, a subject she introduced to New College. Courses she has taught range from linguistics to the structure of English words and sentences, and from cognitive science to poetry (she is also a published poet). She currently lives on a hill in central Vermont with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. When not working she enjoys volunteer work and visiting with her children and extended family. Paul Li is a Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from San Francisco, Paul earned his BA in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley and completed his graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia University, New York. He has written several excerpts for Scientific American Mind and is currently conducting research in neurodegenerative diseases at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco. He has been invited to lecture at several universities, including Seoul National University and Stanford University. When not working, Paul enjoys reading a good book, exploring new coffee shops, and traveling.