Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 258.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 07:04:04 +0100
From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
Subject: The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 16:40:00 -0500
From: Anne Jacobson <ajjacobson@UH.EDU>
>Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 15:57:53 -0400
>From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskil@MIT.EDU>
>I thought readers of Cognitive Science in the Humanities List might be
>interested in this book. For more information please visit
>http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262201321 Thank you!
>The Integration of Habits and Rules
>David J. Townsend and Thomas G. Bever
>For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262201321
>Using sentence comprehension as a case study for all of cognitive science,
>David Townsend and Thomas Bever offer an integration of two major
>approaches, the symbolic-computational and the associative-connectionist.
>The symbolic-computational approach emphasizes the formal manipulation of
>symbols that underlies creative aspects of language behavior. The
>associative-connectionist approach captures the intuition that most
>behaviors consist of accumulated habits. The authors argue that the
>sentence is the natural level at which associative and symbolic information
>merge during comprehension.
>6 x 9, 368 pp.
>paper ISBN 0-262-70080-8
>cloth ISBN 0-262-20132-1
>Language, Speech, and Communication series
>A Bradford Book
>The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior
>J. E. R. Staddon
>For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262194538
>In this book J. E. R. Staddon proposes an explanation of behavior that lies
>between cognitive psychology, which seeks to explain it in terms of
>mentalistic constructs, and cognitive neuroscience, which tries to explain
>it in terms of the brain. Staddon suggests a new way to understand the laws
>and causes of learning, based on the invention, comparison, testing, and
>modification or rejection of parsimonious real-time models for behavior.
>The models are neither physiological nor cognitive: they are behavioristic.
>Staddon shows how simple dynamic models can explain a surprising variety of
>animal and human behavior, ranging from simple orientation, reflexes, and
>habituation through feeding regulation, operant conditioning, spatial
>navigation, stimulus generalization, and interval timing.
>6 x 9, 420 pp.
>cloth ISBN 0-262-19453-8
>A Bradford Book
>5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
>Cambridge, MA 02142
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