Publisher description for Cognitive science : an introduction to the study of mind / Jay Friedenberg, Gordon Silverman.

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This landmark textbook introduces students to everything that the world’s great thinkers think about thought. Throughout history, different fields of inquiry have attempted to understand the great mystery of mind and answer questions like: What is mind? How does it operate? What is consciousness? Only recently have these efforts in traditional and cutting edge disciplines become more united in their focus. Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind is the comprehensive result of the authors' drawing together of this work.

Jay Friedenberg and Gordon Silverman survey significant theoretical models of the human mind from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They achieve coherence between these different approaches by the use of a parallel structure to organize each chapter and by deploying a common set of themes to explore the different perspectives. The overall approach is multidisciplinary, theoretical, and historical. Other texts on cognitive science are empirical in nature, built around classic experiments illustrating major phenomena in perception, memory, and other areas. This book, by contrast, introduces students to the theoretical models and ideas underlying such empirical work. Experiments are discussed, but primarily to illustrate the specific characteristics of a model.

Key Features:

Includes numerous ancillaries to promote the book's effective use – a companion student website at featuring online student-friendly exercises, E-flash cards, and interactive quizzes; and an Instructors’ CD-ROM with a test bank, chapter outlines, PowerPoint slides, a sample syllabus, and ideas for student projects
After introducing a major perspective, an "Evaluating" section discusses the strengths and weaknesses of that perspective
"Thought Balloons" in margins further encourage students to think critically about key concepts
"In-Depth" boxes elaborate on specific models, illustrating them in concrete terms, and "Minds On" exercises help students to familiarize themselves with key concepts in a hands-on fashion
Student study is assisted via key terms (which are boldfaced and defined in context when first introduced), suggestions for further reading, and end-of-chapter "Food for Thought" discussion questions
Covers all the traditional concerns of cognitive science together with analysis of newer areas such as robotics and the evolutionary approach

Unlike other texts on the market which are either outdated or pitched at a much higher level, Cognitive Science is the perfect introductory textbook for cross-disciplinary courses on the mind in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Cognitive science -- Textbooks.