Cognitive Science: A "Starter Kit" of Readings
Compiled by Professors Alan Richardson and Cynthia Freeland

(books for background)

Gardner, Howard. The Mind's New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

Flanagan, Owen J. The Science of the Mind. 2nd ed. Cambridge: MIT P, 1991

(two good introductory textbooks)

Stillings, Neil A., et al. Cognitive Science: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Cambridge: MIT P, 1995.

Gazzaniga, Michael S., et al. Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. New York: Norton, 1998.

(some helpful collections)

Posner, Michael I., ed. Foundations of Cognitive Science. 1989. Cambridge: MIT P, 1993.

William G. Lycan, ed. Mind and Cognition : A Reader. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990.

Gazzaniga, Michael S., ed. The Cognitive Neurosciences. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995.

(a few collections addressing issues of cognition, brain, and culture)

Altarriba, Jeanette, ed. Cognition and Culture: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Cognitive Psychology. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1993.

Holland, Dorothy and Naomi Quinn, eds. Cultural Models in Language and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.

Rentschler, Ingo, Barbara Herzberger, and David Epstein, eds. Beauty and the Brain: Biological Aspects of Aesthetics. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag, 1988.

Hirschfield, Lawrence A. and Susan A. Gleitman. Mapping the Mind: Domain Specificity in Cognition and Culture . Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994

(what follows are attempts by some leading researchers in linguistics, cognitive science, and neuroscience to present work in their field to a large public):

Jackendoff, Ray S. Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human Nature. New York : BasicBooks, 1994.

Johnson, Mark. The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago, 1987.

Lakoff, George and Mark Turner. More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989.

Kosslyn, Stephen, and Olivier Koenig. Wet Mind: The New Cognitive Neuroscience. New York: Free Press, 1992.

Edelman, Gerald. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of Mind. New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Crick, Francis. The Astonishing Hypothesis : The Scientific Search for the Soul. New York: Scribner,1993.

Damasio, Antonio. Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. New York: Avon, 1994.

Pinker, Steven. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language. New York: Harper, 1994.

Posner, Michael I. and Marcus E. Raichle. Images of Mind. New York: Scientific American Library, 1994.

LeDoux, Joseph E. The Emotional Brain : The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Schacter, Daniel L. Searching for Memory : The Brain, the Mind, and the Past. New York: BasicBooks, 1996.

Thompson, Richard F. The Brain : A Neuroscience Primer. 2nd ed. New York: Freeman, 1993.

Applications of Cognitive Science
in the Arts and Humanities


Larry May, Marilyn Friedman, and Andy Clark, eds. Mind and Morals: Essays on Ethics and Cognitive Science. Cambridge: MIT Press/Bradford Books, 1996.

Film Theory

Gregory Currie. Image and Mind: Film, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995.


Mark Turner. The Literary Mind. Oxford 1996


F. Lerdahl and R. Jackendoff. A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Cambridge: MIT Press/Bradford Books, 1983.

Diana Raffman. Language, Music, and Mind. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993.

Visual Arts

Dominic Lopes. Understanding Pictures Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.

Robert L. Solso. Cognition and the Visual Arts. Cambridge: MIT/Bradford Books, 1994.

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