Special Issue "What is Cognition?"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2012)
Prof. Dr. Charles I. Abramson
Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, OK 74078, USA
Interests: behavioral neuroscience; learning; comparative psychology; agrochemicals
The goal of this special issue is to discuss the history and controversies associated with the term “Cognition.” We believe that a critical look at this term is both important to practicing researchers and to students entering the field of behavioral analysis. The term “cognition” is widely used but seldom defined. When it is defined, definitions vary widely. A brief survey of psychology textbooks, for example, identified 15 different definitions. Some of these definitions focused only on human behavior and others include both human and animal behavior. The term cognition is also making its way into the study of invertebrate behavior. We now read that snails, for example, possess “mini-cognitions” and honey bees and fruit flies can serve as a cognitive model for the study of human behavior.
The history of the term cognition is also unclear and in need of analysis. In an APA interview conducted with Ulric Neisser in 1983 it was suggested that he coined the term “Cognitive Psychology.” This is not true. In 1939, Thomas Moore, a Benedictine Monk and Professor of Psychology at Catholic University published a textbook titled Cognitive Psychology which predates Neisser’s 1967 text by 28 years. Moreover, the “cognitive behaviorism” of neo-behaviorists are seldom discussed in contemporary histories of cognitive psychology as are the contributions of Greek philosophy with the possible exception of the “big three” of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
In addition to an analysis of definitional issues and historical issues, this special issue will tackle a wide range of theoretical problems associated with the term including the lack of a coherent theory (i.e., “cognition is anything I want it to be”), lack of motivational constructs, and no discussion of the work of neo-behaviorists such as Hull, Spence, Tolman, Amsel, and Logan.
Prof. Dr. Charles I. Abramson
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- cognitive psychology
Review: From Augustine of Hippo’s Memory Systems to Our Modern Taxonomy in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience of Memory: A 16-Century Nap of Intuition before Light of Evidence
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 21-41; doi:10.3390/bs3010021
Received: 9 October 2012; in revised form: 12 December 2012 / Accepted: 18 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (196 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Communication: Cognition is … Fundamentally Cultural
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 42-54; doi:10.3390/bs3010042
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 11 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 December 2012 / Published: 4 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (67 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 55-71; doi:10.3390/bs3010055
Received: 13 November 2012; in revised form: 25 December 2012 / Accepted: 28 December 2012 / Published: 8 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (78 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 143-153; doi:10.3390/bs3010143
Received: 12 November 2012; in revised form: 31 January 2013 / Accepted: 4 February 2013 / Published: 7 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (156 KB)
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 154-169; doi:10.3390/bs3010154
Received: 12 December 2012; in revised form: 15 February 2013 / Accepted: 16 February 2013 / Published: 27 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (229 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Everyday Problem Solving and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: Support for Domain Specificity
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 170-191; doi:10.3390/bs3010170
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 21 February 2013 / Accepted: 26 February 2013 / Published: 7 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (152 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(2), 217-231; doi:10.3390/bs3020217
Received: 5 February 2013; in revised form: 16 April 2013 / Accepted: 18 April 2013 / Published: 22 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (81 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: St. Augustine’s Reflections on Memory and Time and the Current Concept of Subjective Time in Mental Time Travel
Behav. Sci. 2013, 3(2), 232-243; doi:10.3390/bs3020232
Received: 26 February 2013; in revised form: 16 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (256 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 24 May 2013