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Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computation (Oxford Series in Cognitive Development) Hardcover – March 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195176803 ISBN-10: 0195176804 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews


"New formal methods, especially those based on Bayesian networks, have revolutionized the cognitive science of causality, opening up exciting theoretical directions and new empirical challenges. This book integrates and distills the state-of-the-art in the field, with contributions from leading researchers in developmental and cognitive psychology, philosophy, and machine learning." --Nick Chater, Professor of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London

"The question of how humans learn about the world is in large part the question of how humans reason about causality. It's hard to imagine a more fundamental aspect of human cognition than this. In Causal Learning, an impressive array of leading scholars takes a good, hard, thoughtful look at causality, yielding many new and surprising insights. This edited volume accomplishes what is often desired but rarely achieved: an exciting and truly interdisciplinary venture that successfully combines psychology, philosophy, statistics, and computational modeling. A must-read for anyone interested in human learning." --Susan Gelman, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

"An exemplar of inter-disciplinary work: adventurous, coherent, readable, and even witty. A striking intervention into some often-encrusted literatures." --Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

"This well-edited text has clear prose and insightful thinking...highly enjoyable...well worth the effort of reading. Gopnik and Schulz have put together a well-developed overview of the current state of research in the field of causal learning...Overall, I believe that this is a well-written book on an important field of behavioral science. It would serve any research psychologist well to read it through at least once."--PsycCritiques

About the Author

Alison Gopnik is Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the coauthor of Words, Thoughts and Theories (1997), and The Scientist mn the Crib (1999). She has written over a hundred scientific articles as well as articles for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and

Laura Schulz is Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. She has been the recipient of National Science Foundation and American Association of University Women fellowships. She has published in Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Review and Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

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