Cognitive psychology is the study of internal mental processes – developing theories of how memory, language, attention, consciousness and other aspects of thought function. We’ve spoken to experts including Susan Gelman, Sheldon Solomon and Daniel L Everett, asking them to recommend the best books in their respective fields: find their reading recommendations below.
Neuroscience has banished the problem of dualism—the 'ghost in the machine' mulled over by philosophists since the time of Descartes, says the renowned cognitive neuroscientist Professor Dick Passingham. Here, he chooses five books that signified major breakthroughs in this fast-advancing field.
Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech
by Edward Sapir
Language In Relation To A Unified Theory Of The Structure Of Human Behaviour
by Kenneth Pike
Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
by Noam Chomsky
On Understanding Grammar
by Talmy Givón
Making It Explicit: Reasoning, Representing & Discursive Commitment
by Robert Brandom
Does the world look different in other languages? Are there words that cannot be translated? Is it OK to say disinterested when you mean uninterested? Lane Greene, who writes the Economist’s “Johnson” column on language, dispels some of the popular but misguided ideas many of us have about language.