Tuesday, December 3, 2013

100 Most Influential Publications in Cognitive Science

At some time early in the millennium Minnesota’s Center for the Cognitive Sciences posted a list of the most influential 100 publications in cognitive science from the 20th century. The original list was “as selected by our panel of esteemed judges from all the nominations we received. “ But that original listing seems to have disappeared from the web along with the accompanying documentation.

But the list itself is still alive, HERE and HERE, and no doubt other places as well.

I down loaded the list when it was originally published. It seems I’ve read all or a significant part of 38 of the 100. Here’s the top ten, listed in order according to perceived influence. I’ve read something by every one of those thinkers and have read 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9.

1. Syntactic Structures
Chomsky, N. (1957)
The Hague: Mouton

2. Vision: a computational investigation into the human representation and processing of visual information
Marr, D. (1982)
San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.

3. Computing machinery and intelligence
Turing, A. M. (1950)
Mind, 59, 433-460.

4. The organization of behavior; a neuropsychological theory
Hebb, D.O. (1949)
Wiley-Interscience, New York

5. Parallel distributed processing: Explorations in the microstructure of cognition
Rumelhart, D. E., McClelland, J. L. (1986)
MIT Press: Cambrige, Mass

6. Human problem solving
Newell, A., & Simon, H. A. (1972)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall

7. The modularity of mind: An essay on faculty psychology
Fodor, J. (1983)
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

8. Remembering: A study in experimental and social psychology
Bartlett, F. C. (1932)
Cambridge, England: The University Press

9. The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information
Miller, G. A. (1956)
Psychological Review, 63, 81-97

10. Perception and Communication
Broadbent, D. (1958)
New York: Pergamon Press

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