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Mind, Body, World: Foundations of Cognitive Science
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Cognitive science arose in the 1950s when it became apparent that a

number of disciplines, including psychology, computer science,

linguistics, and philosophy, were fragmenting. Perhaps owing to the

field's immediate origins in cybernetics, as well as to the

foundational assumption that cognition is information processing,

cognitive science initially seemed more unified than psychology.

However, as a result of differing interpretations of the foundational

assumption and dramatically divergent views of the meaning of the term

information processing, three separate schools emerged: classical

cognitive science, connectionist cognitive science, and embodied

cognitive science.

Examples, cases, and research findings taken from the wide range of

phenomena studied by cognitive scientists effectively explain and

explore the relationship among the three perspectives. Intended to

introduce both graduate and senior undergraduate students to the

foundations of cognitive science, Mind, Body, World

addresses a number of questions currently being asked by those

practicing in the field: What are the core assumptions of the three

different schools? What are the relationships between these different

sets of core assumptions? Is there only one cognitive science, or are

there many different cognitive sciences? Giving the schools equal

treatment and displaying a broad and deep understanding of the field,

Dawson highlights the fundamental tensions and lines of fragmentation

that exist among the schools and provides a refreshing and unifying

framework for students of cognitive science.

Michael R. W. Dawson is a professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as the books Understanding Cognitive Science (1998), Minds and Machines (2004), Connectionism: A Hands-on Approach (2005), and From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots (2010).

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