How the Mind Comes into Being: Introducing Cognitive Science from a Functional and Computational Perspective by Martin V. Butz

How the Mind Comes into Being: Introducing Cognitive Science from a Functional and Computational…

byMartin V. Butz, Esther F. Kutter

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More than 2000 years ago Greek philosophers were pondering the puzzling dichotomy between our physical bodies and our seemingly non-physical minds. Yet even today, it remains puzzling how our mind controls our body, and vice versa, how our body shapes our mind. How is it that we can thinkhighly abstract thoughts, seemingly fully detached from the actual, physical reality? This book offers an interdisciplinary introduction to embodied cognitive science, addressing the question of how the mind comes into being while actively interacting with and learning from the environment by means of the own body. By pursuing a functional and computational perspective, concreteanswers are provided about the fundamental mechanisms and developing structures that must bring the mind about, taking into account insights from biology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy as well as from computer science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The book provides introductions to the most important challenges and available computational approaches on how the mind comes into being. The book includes exercises, helping the reader to grasp the material and understand it in a broader context. References to further studies, methodologicaldetails, and current developments support more advanced studies beyond the covered material. While the book is written in advanced textbook style with the primary target group being undergraduates in cognitive science and related disciplines, readers with a basic scientific background and a strong interest in how the mind works will find this book intriguing and revealing.

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With a Diplom with honors in computer science with a minor in psychology (University of Wurzburg, Germany, 08/2001) and a PhD in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, 10/2004), Dr. Butz has been pursuing interdisciplinary, collaborative research in cognitive science for more than fifteen years. He has p...
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Title:How the Mind Comes into Being: Introducing Cognitive Science from a Functional and Computational…Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 10.43 × 7.68 × 0.03 inPublished:February 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Embodied Cognitive Science2. Cognitive Science is Interdisciplinary3. Cognition is Embodied4. Cognitive Development and Evolution5. Behavior is Reward-Oriented6. Behvioral Flexibility and Anticipatory Behavior7. Brain Basics from a Computational Perspective8. Primary Visual Perception from the Bottom Up9. Top-Down Visual Predictions Determine Perceptions10. Multisesnory Interactions11. Attention12. Decision Making, Motor Control, and Concept Formation13. Language, concepts, and abstract thought14. Retrospection and future perspectives

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"The last three decades have seen advancements in the core issues of cognitive science. In 1991, in a talk given at CMU, Allen Newell posed the question, 'how can the human mind occur in the physical universe?' This question was taken up by John Anderson as the title of his 2007 book whichprovided Anderson's answer to Newell's question. Science marches on and now Butz and Kutter provide the novice cognitive scientist an introduction to this set of deep and complex questions in the form of their very accessible and well-organized introductory textbook: How the Mind Comes Into Being. --Professor Wayne Gray, Departments of Cognitive Science and Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA