Charles R. Gallistel

Charles R. Gallistel is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Animal Cognition

    Charles R. Gallistel

    These contributions from six leading laboratories document experimentally established findings about mental representations in animals and the role these representations play in the genesis of behavior. Animal representations in a number of widely different domains are analyzed - time and number in rats, space in foraging bees, conditioning events in rats, stimulus categorization in pigeons, and social structure in vervet monkeys - in order to determine whether animals have behaviorally consequential representations of their environment that can tell us about mind in general. In his introduction, Gallistel defines the controversial concept of representation as having the same meaning in psychology as it has in mathematics - a formal correspondence, or isomorphism, between two systems that makes it possible to use operations in one system to draw conclusions about the other. The modern experimental work reported here seeks to derive from animal behavioral data the mental representations or processes in the brain isomorphic to specific aspects of the animal's environment that function to adapt its behavior to that environment.

    Contents Representations in Animal Cognition: An Introduction, C. R. Gallistel • Representation of Time, John Gibbon, Russell M. Church • Alternative Representations of Time, Number, and Rate, Russell M. Church, Hilary A. Broadbent • Honey Bee Cognition, James L. Gould • Event Representation in Pavlovian Conditioning: Image and Action, Peter C. Holland • Levels of Stimulus Control: A Functional Approach, R. J. Herrnstein • The Representation of Social Relations by Monkeys, Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth

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  • An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Second Edition, Volume 4

    An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Second Edition, Volume 4

    Methods, Models, and Conceptual Issues

    Daniel N. Osherson, Saul Sternberg, and Don Scarborough

    The chapters in this volume span many areas of cognitive science—including artificial intelligence, neural network models, animal cognition, signal detection theory, computational models, reaction-time methods, and cognitive neuroscience.

    An Invitation to Cognitive Science provides a point of entry into the vast realm of cognitive science by treating in depth examples of issues and theories from many subfields. The first three volumes of the series cover Language, Visual Cognition, and Thinking.

    Volume 4, Methods, Models, and Conceptual Issues, expands the series in new directions. The chapters span many areas of cognitive science—including artificial intelligence, neural network models, animal cognition, signal detection theory, computational models, reaction-time methods, and cognitive neuroscience. The volume also offers introductions to several general methods and theoretical approaches for analyzing the mind, and shows how some of these approaches are applied in the development of quantitative models.

    Rather than general and inevitably superficial surveys of areas, the contributors present "case studies"—detailed accounts of one or two achievements within an area. The goal is to tell a good story, challenging the reader to embark on an intellectual adventure.

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