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Cognitive Dynamic Systems: Perception-action Cycle, Radar and Radio Hardcover – April 23, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521049989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521049986
  • ASIN: 0521114365
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author has led the Cognitive System Laboratory at McMaster University for many years, contributing fundamental papers to cognitive dynamic systems theory. It is therefore fortunate that this book has been written, the first one on this integrative new field. This very clear and highly pedagogical book will be greatly appreciated by many applied researchers."
-M. Iosifescu, Mathematical Reviews

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In this groundbreaking book, Simon Haykin, a pioneer in the field and award-winning researcher, educator and author, sets out the fundamental ideas of cognitive dynamic systems. Weaving together the various branches of study involved, he demonstrates the power of cognitive information processing and highlights a range of future research directions.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
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Neuroscience sometimes seems to suffer from ADD. It hops from computational models to brain rhythms and gamma inhibitory networks, to emotion, to rewards, to basal somatics, to... As it does so, it oscillates between discrete and time based explanations, often going so deep in one that it blinds itself to the others as also having pieces of the puzzle. Books like this, filled with innovative ideas, inspire and encourage unity and focus amidst those fractals. It takes a "radio guy" to see how "tuning" is a good word for phase transitions, whether we're tuning temperature in ice vs. water, or radio waves in MRI.

Haykin is delightful, and has a "wonder" that makes it seem like Dynamical Systems was "just now" coming of age in cognitive science. Of course McCullough & Pitts (1943), Hebb (1949), Hopfield (81), Hertz (91) etc. have applied differential equations to time series in neuronal studies from early stimuli-response continuous distributions to collective computation, memory, and like Haykin, the perception-action cycle, for many decades. In fact, folks like Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed) have moved away from DST to more probabalistic models based on a wider as well as more specific view of pattern recognition. See the reviews for Kurzweil's new book above for some additional valuable bib items in this area, in contrast to DST.

By bringing a signal processing background to cognitive dynamics, Haykin is literally reinventing a field that, frankly, did great in neural networks, then stuttered in explaining cognition. Instead of getting all forest vs.
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