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From Bricks to Brains

Athabasca University Press


From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive science, and illustrates its foundational ideas through the construction and observation of LEGO Mindstorms robots. Discussing the characteristics that distinguish embodied cognitive science from classical cognitive science, From Bricks to Brains places a renewed emphasis on sensing and acting, the importance of embodiment, the exploration of distributed notions of control, and the development of theories by synthesizing simple systems and exploring their behaviour. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a key theme: the importance of an agent’s environment. Even simple agents, such as LEGO robots, are capable of exhibiting complex behaviour when they can sense and affect the world around them.

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Michael Dawson is a professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as the books Understanding Cognitive Science (1998), Minds and Machines (2004), and Connectionism: A Hands-on Approach (2005).

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Brian Dupuis is a research assistant in psychology at the University of Alberta.

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Michael Wilson is a biology undergraduate at the University of Alberta.

 
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Connectionist Representations of Tonal Music

Athabasca University Press


Previously, artificial neural networks have been used to capture only the informal properties of music. However, cognitive scientist Michael Dawson found that by training artificial neural networks to make basic judgments concerning tonal music, such as identifying the tonic of a scale or the quality of a musical chord, the networks revealed formal musical properties that differ dramatically from those typically presented in music theory. For example, where Western music theory identifies twelve distinct notes or pitch-classes, trained artificial neural networks treat notes as if they belong to only three or four pitch-classes, a wildly different interpretation of the components of tonal music.

Intended to introduce readers to the use of artificial neural networks in the study of music, this volume contains numerous case studies and research findings that address problems related to identifying scales, keys, classifying musical chords, and learning jazz chord progressions. A detailed analysis of the internal structure of trained networks could yield important contributions to the field of music cognition.

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Michael R. W. Dawson is a professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as the books Mind, Body, World: Foundations of Cognitive Science (2013) and From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots (2010).

 
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Bedtime 123

Orca Book Publishers


Lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon.

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Recently named a member of the Order of Canada, Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Eric has published ninety novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. One of his most common themes involves the Canadian heroes featured in his novels and helping students to become aware of the greatness of their country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.

 
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Between Myself and Them

Krause, Carol (Hrsg.) | Second Story Press


Adults in their 20s share their real experiences living with disability. This collection of first-person narratives and dialogues is grouped into sections pertaining to different aspects of the writers’ lives, including education and work, family and relationships, health and wellness, self-image and sexual relations. Between Myself and Them is a rich and diverse set of stories that challenges the homogeneous interpretation of a very diverse group of people who, when grouped together as "the disabled", lose their individuality. A valuable resource for families, educators, libraries, community groups, and health and wellness professionals.

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Carol Krause has long been involved as an activist in the disability rights movement. She was Chair of Students for Barrier-Free Access at University of Toronto and has done presentations on accessibility issues at university conferences. She continues to develop her knowledge of disability issues at Osgoode Law School, Toronto. This is her first book.

 
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