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Abstract

This is a report on the state of Cognitive Science research in the European Economic Community. Since Cognitive Science is a young discipline, the authors have taken part of their task to be an exposition of its goals, methods and progress, and of its significance for technology. Subsequent to this exposition they survey the intellectual resources devoted to Cognitive Science research within member nations of the EEC. Specific proposals for the advancement of the discipline in Europe are also formulated. In more detail, the six chapters comprising the report may be summarized as follows: Chapter 1 (What is Cognitive Science?) is an overview of the major research themes that define contemporary Cognitive Science. The relation of these themes to current technological issues is also briefly discussed. Chapter 2 (Survey of cognitive competencies) treats four principal axes of Cognitive Science research in more detail. The discussion is at once theoretical and applied inasmuch as it describes potential applications of basic research to technological and societal issues. Chapter 3 (Biological perspective on Cognitive Science) is a discussion of neuro-science approaches to Cognitive Science. This chapter is intended to underline the distinction between Cognitive Science and Artificial intelligence. Chapter 4 (Cognitive ergonomics) highlights the study of man-machine interaction. Chapter 5 (Survey of Cognitive Science resources in the EEC) provides an inventory of Cognitive Science research units operating in member nations of the EEC. Chapter 6 (Analysis and proposals) summarizes the assessment of the state of European Cognitive Science, cites some obstacles to its development, and formulates two proposals in response to these obstacles.

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Authors: IMBERT M UNIV. PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE, PARIS VI (FR.) BERTELSON P UNIV. LIBRE DE BRUXELLES (BELGIUM.) KEMPSON R LONDON UNIV. ST. (UK) OSHERSON D MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHN., CAMBRIDGE (USA) SCHNELLE H RUHR- UNIV. BOCHUM (GERMANY) , UNIV. PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE, PARIS VI (FR.);UNIV. LIBRE DE BRUXELLES (BELGIUM.);LONDON UNIV. ST. (UK);MASSACHUSETTS INST. OF TECHN., CAMBRIDGE (USA);RUHR- UNIV. BOCHUM (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: 236 P., 1987, ISBN 3-540-96595-5 WRITE TO SPRINGER-VERLAG, TIERGARTENSTRASSE 17, D-6900 HEIDELBERG 1 (GERMANY), PRICE: DM 68
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