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The Mathematics of Behavior

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  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521615228

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  • Mathematical thinking provides a clear, crisp way of defining problems. Our whole technology is based on it. What is less appreciated is that mathematical thinking can also be applied to problems in the social and behavioral sciences. This book illustrates how mathematics can be used to understand human and animal behavior, using examples in psychology, sociology, economics, ecology, and even marriage counseling.

    • Application of mathematics to fields where, in one student's words, 'I had no idea that mathematics could be used in this way'
    • Liberal use of graphics as well as equations to illustrate points
    • Examples ranging from economic issues to modeling interactions between partners in a marriage
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In summary, this book represents an interesting, if mathematically daunting, show of force strongly suggesting the pursuit of formal mathematical thinking in behavioral science research and inclusion of expanded mathematical requirements and skill acquisition for behavioral science students. The book would serve well as a senior undergraduate text or introductory graduate text for courses in mathematics in psychology. I would also recommend it to all behavioral scientists, regardless of their math proficiency levels. It will serve as a pleasant intellectual walk through a park for the former and a healthy jog through the forest for the latter" - David Nussbaum, PsycCritiques

    "A fairly comprehensive survey of experimental psychology... A good introduction to a contentious subject at an appropriate level. A good survey of much of experimental psychology. It is also of interest to anyone pursuing the mathematics of psychology and to a lesser extent political science."
    James M. Cargal, Troy University for The UMAP Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521615228
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Applying probability theory to problems in sociology and psychology
    3. From physics to perception
    4. When systems evolve over time
    5. Non-Linear and chaotic systems
    6. Defining rationality - personal and group decision making
    7. How to evaluate evidence
    8. Multidimensional scaling surveying the geography of the mind
    9. The mathematical models behind psychological testing
    10. How to know you asked a good question
    11. The construction of complexity: how simple rules make the complex organizations
    12. Connectionism: computation connects mind and brain
    13. L'Envoi

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Operations Management
    • Quantitative Cognitive Science
    • Sex & Violence
  • Author

    Earl Hunt, University of Washington
    Earl Hunt is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has written many articles and chapters in contributed volumes and was the past editor of Cognitive Psychology and Journal of Experimental Psychology. His books include Concept Learning: An Information Processing Problem (Wiley), Experiments in Induction (Academic Press), Artificial Intelligence (Academic Press), and Will We Be Smart Enough? (Sage Foundation) which won the William James Prize from the American Psychological Association in 1996. His most recent book is Thoughts on Thought (Erlbaum, 2002).

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