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Cognitive Modeling [Paperback]

Jerome R. Busemeyer , Adele Diederich
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10 Jun 2009 0761924507 978-0761924500 1
Responding to an explosion of new mathematical and computational models used in the fields of cognitive science, this book provides simple tutorials concerning the development and testing of such models. The authors focus on a few key models, with a primary goal of equipping readers with the fundamental principles, methods, and tools necessary for evaluating and testing any type of model encountered in the field of cognitive science.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (10 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761924507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761924500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book by experts in the field - essential for those interested in the topic 15 April 2011
By Ryan Jessup - Published on Amazon.com
This book introduces the concept of cognitive modeling, providing readers with tangible explanations of what it is, why it is relevant to cognitive scientists and psychologists, and advantages it offers beyond other types of theory testing. It also provides real world examples describing how cognitive modeling brought to light new understanding about human behavior that more traditional approaches left hidden. Several extremely useful practical examples -- with related matlab code -- are given, demonstrating how to actually fit cognitive models to data.

The authors, Busemeyer and Diederich, both have published extensively using just such an approach, enabling them to pass on insights that others would not have gleaned. Moreover, they are painfully aware of pitfalls and errors, as well as delightfully aware of scientific examples of relevance. An interesting example is given showing how our intuition concerning the necessity of a two system solution for certain psychological phenomena can be perfectly explained using a one system approach that has been properly specified (pp. 31-33). Also, there's a good example demonstrating the importance of actually obtaining the best fitting parameters to data (p. 131), as well as an example of how using models to make a priori predictions implored scientists to take theories from Newton and later, Einstein, seriously (p. 158).

The book does not require knowledge of cognitive science or psychology but such knowledge or interest would certainly aid in understanding the examples. The text does assume some familiarity with mathematical concepts, resulting in rather technical language at times (the subject matter naturally requires it). That being said, the text is well-written enough to help you become familiar with the concept of cognitive modeling even if you have very little mathematical background and want to skip all of the formulas. However, to actually begin using the techniques, understanding the math becomes necessary. As a consequence, the book may not be ideal for study on your own (unless you are technically advanced) but ideal for use in a course or a small study group. There really is no other book out there like this, one that explains all you need to know about cognitive modeling and how to actually do it!

Highly recommended for anyone interested in (1) learning about cognitive modeling, (2) actively analyzing data using cognitive modeling methods, or (3) teaching a course on cognitive methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all levels of cognitive modelers! 26 Dec 2012
By Curious Mind - Published on Amazon.com
This book by Professors Busemeyer and Diederich includes both basic and advanced materials. It is useful to anyone who is interested in modeling our cognition and behavior. It is rigorous, lucid, and comprehensible. It also includes tutorials on dynamic modeling.

I have used this book to teach my graduate students. They loved this book! It's useful for improving my own research and modeling skills as well. A book I wish I had when I was a graduate student---but I'm so glad I have it handy now.

Right now, I'm reading another new cognitive modeling book by Busemeyer: Quantum Models of Cognition and Decision, which I also highly recommend!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 15 July 2010
By psychology student - Published on Amazon.com
This book is quite easy to follow and describes the technical and practical details how to actually do cognitive modeling!
Highly recommended for people who are interested in cognitive modeling but don't know where to start.
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