An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Second Edition, Volume 3


An Invitation to Cognitive Science provides a point of entry into the vast realm of cognitive science, offering selected examples of issues and theories from many of its subfields. All of the volumes in the second edition contain substantially revised and as well as entirely new chapters.

Rather than surveying theories and data in the manner characteristic of many introductory textbooks in the field, An Invitation to Cognitive Science employs a unique case study approach, presenting a focused research topic in some depth and relying on suggested readings to convey the breadth of views and results. Each chapter tells a coherent scientific story, whether developing themes and ideas or describing a particular model and exploring its implications.

The volumes are self contained and can be used individually in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from introductory psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and decision sciences, to social psychology, philosophy of mind, rationality, language, and vision science.

Table of Contents

  1. List of Contributors
  2. Foreword
  3. Thinking: Introduction
  4. 1. Concepts and Categorization

    Edward E. Smith

  5. 2. Probability Judgment

    Daniel N. Osherson

  6. 3. Decision Making

    Eldar Shafir and Amos Tversky

  7. 4. Continuity and Discontinuity in Cognitive Development

    Susan Carey

  8. 5. Classifying Nature Across Cultures

    Scott Afram

  9. 6. Rationality

    Gilbert Harman

  10. 7. Working Memory and Thinking

    John Jonides

  11. 8. Problem Solving

    Keith J. Holyoak

  12. 9. Deduction and Cognition

    Lance J. Rips

  13. 10. Social Cognition: Information Accessibility and Use in Social Judgment

    Norbert Schwarz

  14. 11. The Mind as the Software of the Brain

    Ned Block

  15. Index