Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 683
Weight: 1170 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 48 mm
"The artificial separation of cognition and motivation was an unfortunate by-product of the demise of grand theories in psychology. This book takes a large step toward re-integrating these constructs. It does more, however: it integrates the new with old. Although the scholarship that enlightens these chapters is impressive in its currency, the underlying issues addressed--the role of consciousness in life, the operation of choice and will in action, the basically functional nature of behavior--take us back to our roots in the great age of the classical approaches." --Russell G. Geen, Ph.D., Curators' Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri
"The aspiration of the editors implied in the title of this important volume--to find a link between action and cognition--is as admirable as it is risky. For decades, cognition has relied heavily on the computer model of the mind, and like the computer, had no conceptual instruments to allow for derivations about behavior and action. Action could be modeled in the robotics. But the robot that engages in motion requires an external source of energy, independent of the software that runs it. This is not so in the case of living organisms where `software' and `hardware' are intimately interlaced. The editors are to be congratulated for taking the risk and achieving a most promising breakthrough in the search for a conceptual union between cognition and action." --Robert B. Zajonc, Ph.D.
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