August 1966

Cognition and Thought: An Information-Processing Approach.

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By Walter R. Reitman, MS, PhD. Price, $7.95. Pp 312. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Ave, New York 10016, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):221-222. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140109025

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This book covers the very interesting subject of computer simulation of such human functions as cognition and thought. Its stated purpose is ". . . to introduce a general psychological audience to the psychological implications of information-processing concepts and computer simulation and to what theories and theorists in this area are about." At this it succeeds reasonably well, setting forth some background on the theoretical framework involved, and going on to somewhat more concrete discussion of specific information processing models such as the General Problem Solver (GPS) and Argus. There is an appendix on Information Processing Language-V (IPL-V).

For the potential reader, it might be important to give some idea of whether this is a book for casual reading as an entertaining introduction to the field, or a book for serious study. Unfortunately —and I believe this is its major failing—it is neither. It requires a good deal of concentrated effort to follow,

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