Beyond The Learning Curve: The Construction Of Mind

Paperback | October 13, 2005

byCraig Speelman, Kim Kirsner

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For years now, learning has been at the heart of research within cognitive psychology. How do we acquire new knowledge and new skills? Are the principles underlying skill acquisition unique to learning, or similar to those underlying other behaviours? Is the mental system essentially modular,or is the mental system a simple product of experience, a product that, inevitably, reflects the shape of the external world with all of its specialisms and similarities? This new book takes the view that learning is a major influence on the nature of the processes and representations that fill our minds. Throughout, the authors review and consider the areas of skill acquisition and lexical representation to illustrate the effects that practice can have on cognitiveprocesses. They also draw parallels between theories in physical and biological domains to propose not only a new theory of mental function but also demonstrate that the mind is essentially subject to the same natural laws as the physical world. In so doing Speelman and Kirsner present a newperspective on psychology - one that identifies universal principles underlying all behaviours and one which contrasts markedly from our current focus on highly specific behaviours. Accessibly written, Beyond the Learning Curve is a thought provoking and challenging new text for students andresearchers in the cognitive sciences.

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For years now, learning has been at the heart of research within cognitive psychology. How do we acquire new knowledge and new skills? Are the principles underlying skill acquisition unique to learning, or similar to those underlying other behaviours? Is the mental system essentially modular,or is the mental system a simple product of ...

Craig Speelman is at Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University. Kim Kirsner is at Professor, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:October 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198570414

ISBN - 13:9780198570417

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Skill acquistion: history, questions and theories3. Challenges4. A new framework5. The lexicon6. A new view