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Computer Models of Mind


  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.512 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 150/.724
  • Dewey version: 19
  • LC Classification: BF39.5 .B63 1988
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Psychology--Computer simulation
    • Psychology--Philosophy

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521248686 | ISBN-10: 052124868X)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 1988

Replaced by 9780521270335


What is the mind? How does it work? How does it influence behavior? Some psychologists hope to answer such questions in terms of concepts drawn from computer science and artificial intelligence. They test their theories by modeling mental processes in computers. This book shows how computer models are used to study many psychological phenomena--including vision, language, reasoning, and learning. It also shows that computer modeling involves differing theoretical approaches. Computational psychologists disagree about some basic questions. For instance, should the mind be modeled by digital computers, or by parallel-processing systems more like brains? Do computer programs consist of meaningless patterns, or do they embody (and explain) genuine meaning?


Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Patterns, polyhedra, imagery; 3. Connectionist models of vision; 4. Parsing natural language; 5. Meaning and messages; 6. Reasoning and rationality; 7. Learning and development; 8. Is computational psychology possible? 9. Conclusion; References; Index of names; Index of subjects.


"broad and well eloquent discussion..." International Weekly Journal of Science

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