After the Cognitive Revolution

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 680–682. Review of “The Future of the Cognitive Revolution” (see record 1997-08639-000). The cognitive revolution began in the late 1950s as a concerted attempt to understand the mind in terms of explicit symbolic representations and computational processes that were readily modeled on computers. In more recent times these conventional notions have been challenged on a number of fronts. According to Taraban, the 25 chapters and related introductions in this book provide one of the finest compilations of current issues and perspectives within cognitive science. Mind remains the central concern and there is a call for more work within prevailing computational paradigms. Others insist that cognition is grounded in meaningful contexts and that the context-insensitive language-of-thought typically used in cognitive models ignores the different forms of meaning-making. Taraban summarizes the book and discusses its usefulness in the field of cognitive science. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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