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Adaptive Spatial Alignment

Adaptive Spatial Alignment

Gordon M. Redding, Benjamin Wallace
September 30, 2017

For most people, prism adaptation is an amusing demonstration, first experienced perhaps in an introductory psychology course. This monograph relates this peculiar phenomenon to the larger context of cognitive science, especially motor control and learning. The first part sketches the background...

Mathematical Principles of Human Conceptual Behavior: The Structural Nature of Conceptual Representation and Processing

Mathematical Principles of Human Conceptual Behavior: The Structural Nature of Conceptual Representation and Processing

Ronaldo Vigo
November 18, 2016

The ability to learn concepts lies at the very core of human cognition, enabling us to efficiently classify, organize, identify, and store complex information. In view of the basic role that concepts play in our everyday physical and mental lives, the fields of cognitive science and psychology face...

The Swimmer: An Integrated Computational Model of A Perceptual-motor System

The Swimmer: An Integrated Computational Model of A Perceptual-motor System

William R. Uttal, Gary Bradshaw, Sriram Dayanand, Robb Lovell, Thomas Shepherd
October 26, 2016

This research monograph describes a large programming project in which an underwater organism, capable of perceiving, learning, deciding, and navigating, is computationally simulated. The developed computational model serves as a contemporary theory of perceptual-motor performance, embodying much...

Psychophysics Beyond Sensation: Laws and Invariants of Human Cognition

Psychophysics Beyond Sensation: Laws and Invariants of Human Cognition

Christian Kaernbach, Erich Schr”ger, Hermann Mller, Hermann Muller, Erich Schroger
September 29, 2016

This volume presents a series of studies that expand laws, invariants, and principles of psychophysics beyond its classical domain of sensation. This book's goal is to demonstrate the extent of the domain of psychophysics, ranging from sensory processes, through sensory memory and short-term memory...

Sensation and Judgment: Complementarity Theory of Psychophysics

Sensation and Judgment: Complementarity Theory of Psychophysics

John C. Baird
July 29, 2016

Psychophysical theory exists in two distinct forms -- one ascribes the explanation of phenomena and empirical laws to sensory processes. Context effects arising through the use of particular methods are an unwanted nuisance whose influence must be eliminated so that one isolates the "true" sensory...

Mathematical Models of Perception and Cognition Volume I: A Festschrift for James T. Townsend

Mathematical Models of Perception and Cognition Volume I: A Festschrift for James T. Townsend

Joseph W. Houpt, Leslie M. Blaha
June 02, 2016

In this two volume festschrift, contributors explore the theoretical developments (Volume I) and applications (Volume II) in traditional cognitive psychology domains, and model other areas of human performance that benefit from rigorous mathematical approaches. It brings together former classmates,...

Mathematical Models of Perception and Cognition Volume II: A Festschrift for James T. Townsend

Mathematical Models of Perception and Cognition Volume II: A Festschrift for James T. Townsend

Joseph W. Houpt, Leslie M. Blaha
June 02, 2016

In this two volume festschrift, contributors explore the theoretical developments (Volume I) and applications (Volume II) in traditional cognitive psychology domains, and model other areas of human performance that benefit from rigorous mathematical approaches. It brings together former classmates,...

Signal Detection Theory and ROC Analysis in Psychology and Diagnostics: Collected Papers

Signal Detection Theory and ROC Analysis in Psychology and Diagnostics: Collected Papers

John A. Swets
February 29, 2016

Signal detection theory--as developed in electrical engineering and based on statistical decision theory--was first applied to human sensory discrimination 40 years ago. The theoretical intent was to provide a valid model of the discrimination process; the methodological intent was to provide...

Multidimensional Models of Perception and Cognition

Multidimensional Models of Perception and Cognition

F. Gregory Ashby
November 27, 2015

The mental representations of perceptual and cognitive stimuli vary on many dimensions. In addition, because of quantal fluctuations in the stimulus, spontaneous neural activity, and fluctuations in arousal and attentiveness, mental events are characterized by an inherent variability. During the...

Measurement and Representation of Sensations

Measurement and Representation of Sensations

Hans Colonius, Ehtibar N. Dzhafarov
September 11, 2014

Measurement and Representation of Sensations offers a glimpse into the most sophisticated current mathematical approaches to psychophysical problems. In this book, editors Hans Colonius and Ehtibar N. Dzhafarov, top scholars in the field, present a broad spectrum of innovative approaches and...

Theories of Meaningfulness

Theories of Meaningfulness

Louis Narens
September 11, 2014

Written by one of the masters of the foundation of measurement, Louis Narens' new book thoroughly examines the basis for the measurement-theoretic concept of meaningfulness and presents a new theory about the role of numbers and invariance in science. The book associates with each portion of...

Localist Connectionist Approaches To Human Cognition

Localist Connectionist Approaches To Human Cognition

Jonathan Grainger, Arthur M. Jacobs, Arthur Jacobs
August 12, 2014

This volume provides an overview of a relatively neglected branch of connectionism known as localist connectionism. The singling out of localist connectionism is motivated by the fact that some critical modeling strategies have been more readily applied in the development and testing of localist as...

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