Computer Models of Mind, Computational Approaches in Theoretical Psych
Margaret A. Boden, 1988

What the Mind Does, Not How it Does it
I am tempted to categorize this book under Brain Models or possibly Psychology. In the Preface and Introduction, Boden makes it clear enough that the intent is to present models of use to Computational Psychology. However, as she also points out, the gist is on What the Mind Does, not How. As a result, the descriptions presented have all the content of current AI material. This is opposed to most of the other books here which I have categorized as Brain Models. Those are theories of How the Brain Works, not What it Does. And Psychology books have descriptions of how people (and animals) behave. So this is AI (but not without a significant psychological element).

Do You Need Concepts to Understand a Sentence?
In Chapter 4, Boden presents
pro and con agruments for the autonomy of syntax. To what extent is this psychologically realistic? Jackendoff argues for psychological reality in his presentation of linguistic models, and yet, he denies any need for semantic information in sentence processing. Specifically, just as in Chomsky's models, Jackendoff's phonological module presents a fully specified PF to the syntax module.


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