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Towards a Theory of Thinking

Building Blocks for a Conceptual Framework

  • Britt Glatzeder
  • Vinod Goel
  • Albrecht Müller
  • Presenting a wide-ranging, yet coherent and up-to-date overview on the current scientific study of thinking to a wide readership

  • Written by esteemed experts in the different relevant disciplines - combining conceptual and empirical approaches and data

  • Bringing together the various disciplinary insights providing an integrative multidisciplinary conceptual framework for the study of thinking; experimental data on neural correlates of higher cognition


Part of the On Thinking book series (ONTHINKING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Perspectives on Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Öllinger, Vinod Goel
      Pages 3-21
    3. Dedre Gentner, Julie Colhoun
      Pages 35-48
    4. Albrecht von Müller
      Pages 59-70
  3. Components of Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 72-72
    2. Markus Graf
      Pages 73-101
    3. Robert L. Goldstone, Sam Day, Ji Y. Son
      Pages 103-121
    4. Michael R. Waldmann
      Pages 123-134
    5. Matthias Brand, Hans J. Markowitsch
      Pages 147-160
    6. Nikos Logothetis
      Pages 161-175
  4. Onto- and Phylogenetic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 178-178
    2. Annette Karmiloff-Smith
      Pages 179-187
    3. Beate Sodian, Susanne Kristen
      Pages 189-201
    4. Wolfgang Schneider
      Pages 203-214
  5. Language, Emotion, Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


Thinking is one of the most fascinating and characteristic abilities of human beings. To advance our understanding of this distinctive feature that makes us human is not only an exciting scientific challenge but also of great relevance in terms of coping with more and more complex challenges of the world we live in and in terms of becoming the core value creation process in an increasingly knowledge-based economy.

The present book is the second volume of the Parmenides book series "On Thinking" dedicated to explore current approaches and contributions towards a fuller understanding of human thought processes.

It focuses on assembling building blocks for a conceptual framework that might - after several iterations – contribute to a future theory of thinking. It brings together an international group of leading scientists coming from the different fields upon which a theory of thinking must build: brain and cognitive sciences, experimental and developmental psychology, evolutionary anthropology and biology, linguistics, transcultural neuroimaging, modeling and philosophy.


Emotion Memory Mind Problem Solving Thought cognition, higher cognitive science neuroscience, cognitive perception thinking

Editors and affiliations

  • Britt Glatzeder
    • 1
  • Vinod Goel
    • 2
  • Albrecht Müller
    • 3
  1. 1.Parmenides FoundationMunichGermany
  2. 2.Dept. PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Parmenides FoundationMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Towards a Theory of Thinking
  • Book Subtitle Building Blocks for a Conceptual Framework
  • Editors Britt Glatzeder
    Vinod Goel
    Albrecht Müller
  • Series Title On Thinking
  • Series Abbreviated Title On Thinking
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-03128-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26251-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-03129-8
  • Series ISSN 1867-4208
  • Series E-ISSN 1867-4216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 42 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
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