From Associations to Structure


  • K.V. Wilson

Wilson's book proposes an associationistic form of psychological theory which is opposed to the more extreme structuralist claims. It brings together a relatively novel combination of topics from psychology, computational linguistics and artificial intelligence which support a viable associationistic position.
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Book information

  • Published: January 1980
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-86043-9

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Chapters: I. The Varieties of Associationistic Thinking. II. Rules and Structure in Psychology. III. From Bottom To Up(?) To Top To Down. IV. Some Evidence for the Behavioral Relevance of Rules. V. Formal Grammars and Generative Behavior Models. VI. The Computing Properties of Networks. VII. Formal Representation of Cognitive Structure. VIII. Propositional Structure in the Computer. IX. Semantic Structures as Psychological Models. X. Conceptual Structure Beyond the Sentence. XI. An Associationistic Account of Developmental Phases and Induction. XII. The Brains We Should Have. XIII. Values, Performance and Cognition. XIV. Adaptation and Cognition. XV. The Viable Middle Ground Restated. References and Citation Index. Topic Index.