The Nature of Thought: Essays in Honor of D. O. Hebb

The Nature of Thought: Essays in Honor of D. O. Hebb

The Nature of Thought: Essays in Honor of D. O. Hebb

The Nature of Thought: Essays in Honor of D. O. Hebb

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Early in 1977, Dalhousie University was honored by the return of one of its most illustrious alumni, D. O. Hebb. After a long and distinguished career at McGill University, Hebb joined the psychology department as Professor Emeritus. In celebration of this happy event the editors decided to dedicate a special lecture series in his honor and chose as a topic a subject of great interest to him--the nature of thought. In planning our lecture series, we attempted to put together a list of North American scholars of diverse backgrounds whose positions on thought seemed to be having a great impact on cognitive psychology. When most of the eminent scholars we had invited agreed to participate, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Don to put together a book in his honor, which would be based on the lectures. Accordingly, this volume includes papers from the lectures in our series, plus four additional chapters by members of our department, (Klein, Jusczyk and Earhard, Nadel, and Goddard). Because of prior commitments, one of the original participants in the lecture series, Jerry Fodor, was unable to contribute a chapter. We believe that scholars and advanced students interested in the study of thought will find the papers in this volume useful in understanding some of the major trends in cognitive psychology.

The book begins with a short essay by Klein that provides some insights into the origins of Hebb's ideas and an overview of the impact that Hebb's thinking has had on current psychological theorizing.

Hebb's latest views on the subject of thought follow in his chapter, aptly titled, "The Structure of Thought." In his essay, Hebb addresses two issues concerning thought, namely, what are its constituent parts and how is thought directed. Within the framework of his cell-assembly theory, he argues . . .

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