Cognitive science now and then

Max Coltheart*

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This chapter analyses developments in cognitive science during the past fifty years from a personal perspective. It describes psychology issues and topics that were of personal interest to the author of this chapter. These include a paper titled 'A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity' and Donald Broadbent's Perception and Communication, which not only used flowcharts to express models of cognition but also made a clear and explicit statement of cognitive science as abstracting computational procedures from the physical systems that implement them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInside Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationA Science Over 50 Years
EditorsPat Rabbitt
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780191696336
ISBN (Print)9780199228768
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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Coltheart, M. (2009). Cognitive science now and then. In P. Rabbitt (Ed.), Inside Psychology: A Science Over 50 Years (pp. 61-72). New York: Oxford University Press.