Cognitive Science: An Introduction/Approach

Early cognitive science textbooks were written without disciplinary integration. There would often be a separate chapter on psychology, philosophy, etc. This book uses an approach that is more common in recent cognitive science textbooks, and that is to group the content by cognitive phenomenon, discussing the contributions of associated fields as needed.

This is done for two reasons. First, the authors believe that such an organization is pedagogically superior. Cognitive science students, often taught by teachers without training in other disciplines, are often left more or less to their own devices when trying to integrate findings of multiple fields. Second, it is written in this way to show what the authors believe cognitive science should be, and the way its findings should be described.