15.258 new book on behaviour

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                   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!
    >Sentence Comprehension
    >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.
    >49 illus.
    >paper ISBN 0-262-70080-8
    >cloth ISBN 0-262-20132-1
    >Language, Speech, and Communication series
    >A Bradford Book
    >Adaptive Dynamics
    >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.
    >156 illus.
    >cloth ISBN 0-262-19453-8
    >A Bradford Book
    >Jud Wolfskill
    >Associate Publicist
    >MIT Press
    >5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
    >Cambridge, MA 02142
    >617.253.1709 fax


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