Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science
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Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science

Edited by Herbert L. Roitblat and Jean-Arcady Meyer

The book includes considerations of the perceptual and motor abilities of animals as the evolutionary and conceptual foundation of more complex abilities; modeling focused as much on connections and constraints as on language and symbols; an interest in simple adaptive processes in animals and robots as the basis for more complex forms of learning and adaptation; and a consideration of animals and robots as integrated and situated systems in contrast to the reductionist and environment-free frameworks often seen in standard cognitive science.

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The book includes considerations of the perceptual and motor abilities of animals as the evolutionary and conceptual foundation of more complex abilities; modeling focused as much on connections and constraints as on language and symbols; an interest in simple adaptive processes in animals and robots as the basis for more complex forms of learning and adaptation; and a consideration of animals and robots as integrated and situated systems in contrast to the reductionist and environment-free frameworks often seen in standard cognitive science.

Comparative Approaches to Cognitive Science consolidates a series of recent advances in cognitive science, describing a novel, animal-based, largely nonsymbolic approach to understanding basic mechanisms in adaptive intelligence. Scholars who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines clearly explain their concepts and techniques in twenty contributions that provide a balance of both theoretical and empirical approaches.

The essays are tied together by the idea that our understanding of cognition is likely to be enhanced by consideration of mechanisms and processes at its foundation—mechanisms that are shared by both human and nonhuman animals—and which may be implemented and tested in some simulated animals or built robots.

The themes described in the book include considerations of the perceptual and motor abilities of animals as the evolutionary and conceptual foundation of more complex abilities; modeling focused as much on connections and constraints as on language and symbols; an interest in simple adaptive processes in animals and robots as the basis for more complex forms of learning and adaptation; and a consideration of animals and robots asintegrated and situated systems in contrast to the reductionist and environment-free frameworks often seen in standard cognitive science. A part of the book considers the question of intentionality in animals—whether they "know they know," or have beliefs—and how that might implicate behavior. Other sections address how representation, communication, motivation, and emotion affect behavior.

Contributors C. Allen, M. Bekoff, M.A. Boden, W.T. Bourbon, G. Butterworth, P.W. Cheng, J. Delacour, D.C. Dennett, M. Dyer, C.S. Evans, N. Frijda, J.P. Halperin, K.J. Holyoak, P. Marler, D. MacFarland, B.W. Mel, J.-A. Meyer, J. Neiworth, H.L. Roitblat, C. Thinus-Blanc, R.K.R. Thompson, F. Toates

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262181662 544 pp. | 9.9 in x 7.1 in

Paperback

$60.00 X | £47.00 ISBN: 9780262519953 544 pp. | 9.9 in x 7.1 in

Editors

Herbert L. Roitblat

Herbert L. Roitblat is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jean-Arcady Meyer

Jean-Arcady Meyer is Emeritus Research Director at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and a researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris.