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Top 100 most influential works in cognitive science Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Saturday, 19 April 2008

Top 100 most influential works in cognitive science

The Top 100 most influential works in cognitive science from the 20th century according to a study of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota in the The Cognitive Science Millennium Project (2000).

  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

  11. The senses considered as perceptual systems
    Gibson, J. J. (1966)
    Boston, MA: Hougton Mifflin.

  12. A mathematical theory of communication
    Shannon C. E. (1948)
    Bell System Technical Journal, 27, 379-423

  13. On computable numbers: With an application to the Entscheidungsproblem
    Turing, A.M. (1936)
    Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, ser. 2, 42,

  14. A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity
    McCulloch, W. S., & Pitts, W. (1943)
    Mathematical Biophysics, 5:115-133 (pp. 18-27).

  15. Hemisphere deconnnection and unity in conscious awareness
    Sperry, R. W. (1968)
    American Psychologist 23 (10), 723-733.

  16. Cognitive maps in rats and men
    Tolman, E.C. (1948)
    Psychological Review 55, 189-208

  17. Ferrier lecture: Functional architecture of macaque monkey visual cortex
    Hubel, D.H. and Wiesel, T.N. (1977)
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 198, 1-59.

  18. The Conceptual Framework of Psychology
    Brunswik, E. (1952)
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

  19. A review of Skinner's "Verbal Behavior"
    Chomsky, N. (1959)
    Language, 35, 26-58

  20. Cognitive Psychology
    Neisser, U. (1967)
    Cognitive Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:Prentice-Hall.

  21. Signal detection theory and psychophysics
    Green, D.M., and Swets, J.A. (1966)
    New York: Wiley

  22. A study of thinking
    Bruner, J. R., Goodnow, J. J., & Austin, G. A. (1956)
    New York: Wiley

  23. Mental rotation of three-dimensional objects
    Shepard, R.N., and Metzler, J. (1971)
    Science, 171, 701-703

  24. The Sciences of the Artificial
    Simon, H. A. (1969)
    MIT Press, 1969

  25. The problem of serial order in behavior
    Lashley, K. S. (1951)
    In Cerebral Mechanisms in Behavior, Wiley, pp. 112-136.

  26. Psychophysics: Introduction to its perceptual, neural, and social prospects
    Stevens, S. S. (1975)
    New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons. 1975, v, 329.

  27. The Architecture of Cognition
    Anderson, J.R. (1983)
    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

  28. Thought and Language (Myshlenie i rech'.)
    Vygotsky, Lev (1964 (original work 1934))
    (E.Hanfmann and G. Vakar, Trans.). Cambridge, M.I.T Press.

  29. Plans and the Structure of Behavior
    Miller, G.A., Galanter, E, and Pribram, K.H. (1960)
    New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.

  30. Aspects of the theory of syntax
    Chomsky, N. (1965)
    Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  31. Unified Theories of Cognition
    Newell, A. (1990)
    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  32. Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine
    Wiener, N. (1948)
    New York: Wiley

  33. On the psychology of prediction
    Kahneman, D., & Tversky, A. (1973)
    Psychological Review, 80, 237-251

  34. Single units and sensation: A neuron doctrine for perceptual psychology?
    Barlow, H. (1972)
    Perception, 1, 371-394

  35. Principles of Perceptual Learning and Development
    Gibson, E.J. (1969)
    Appleton, Century and Croft

  36. The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
    Gibson, J. J. (1979)

  37. Natural Categories
    Rosch, E. (1973)
    Cognitive Psychology, 7,573-605

  38. What the Frog's Eye Tells the Frog's Brain
    Lettvin, J.Y., Maturana, H.R., McCulloch, W.S., & Pitts, W.H. (1959)
    Proceedings of the IRE, Vol. 47, No. 11, pp. 1940-51.

  39. Design for a Brain: The Origins of Adaptive Behavior
    Ashby, W. Ross (1960)
    New York: Willey

  40. Theory of games and economic behavior
    Von Neumann, J., & Morgenstern, O. (1964)
    ([3d ] ed.). New York,: Science Editions J. Wiley.

  41. The information available in brief visual presentations
    Sperling, G. (1960)
    Psychological Monographs, 74 (Whole number 498)

  42. Minds, brains and programs
    Searle J.R. (1980)
    The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3.

  43. High-speed memory scanning in human memory
    Sternberg, S. (1966)
    Science, 153, 652-654.

  44. A framework for representing knowledge
    Minsky, M. (1975)
    In P. H. Winston (Ed.), The Psychology of Computer Vision. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 211-277.

  45. Biological foundations of language
    Lenneberg, E. H. (1967)
    New York: Wiley

  46. The child's conception of the world
    Piaget, J. (1930)
    New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World.

  47. Levels of Processing: A framework for memory research
    Craik, F.I. and Lockhart, R. S. (1972)
    Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 12, 599-607.

  48. Studies of interference in serial verbal reactions
    Stroop, J. (1935)
    Journal of Experimental Psychology, 18, 643-661

  49. Theory of self-reproducing automata
    Von Neumann, J., & Burks, A. W. (1966)
    Urbana,: University of Illinois Press.

  50. The perception of the Visual World
    Gibson, J. J. (1950)
    Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press

  51. Principles of Gestalt Psychology
    Koffka, K. (1935)
    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co.

  52. On the existence of neurones in the human visual system selectively sensitive to the orientation and size of retinal images
    Blakemore, C., & Campbell, F.W. (1969)
    Journal of Physiology, 203, 203-260

  53. Recognition-by-components: a theory of human image understanding
    Biederman, I. (1987)
    Psychological Review, 94, 115-147.

  54. Philosophical investigations
    Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1953)
    New York: Macmillan, c1953

  55. A feature integration theory of attention
    Treisman, A. and Gelade, G. (1980)
    Cognitive Psychology, 12, 97-136

  56. The Working Brain: An Introduction to Neuropsychology
    Luria, A. R. (1973)
    New York: Basic Books.

  57. Foundations of Cyclopean Perception
    Julesz, B. (1971)
    Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

  58. The Construction of Reality in the Child
    Piaget, J. (1954)
    NY: Ballantine Books

  59. The language of thought
    Fodor, J. A. (1975)
    New York: Crowell

  60. Encoding specificity and retrieval processes in episodic memory
    Tulving, E. and Thompson, D. (1973)
    Psychological Review, 80, 352-373.

  61. The formation of learning sets
    Harlow, H. F. (1949)
    Psychological Review, 1949, 56, 51-65

  62. Mental models: Towards a cognitive science of language, inference, and consciousness
    Johnson-Laird, P. M. (1983)
    Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press

  63. What Computers Can't Do
    Dreyfus, H. L. (1972)
    MIT Press

  64. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    Kuhn, T. S. (1962)
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press

  65. The Bisected Brain
    Gazzaniga, M. (1970)
    New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts

  66. The Intentional Stance
    Dennett, D. C. (1987)
    MIT Press.

  67. Posterior parietal association cortex of the monkey: command functions for operations within extrapersonal space
    Mountcastle VB, Lynch JC, Georgopoulos A, Sakata H, Acuna C (1975)
    J Neurophysiol 38:871-908

  68. Judgments under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases
    Tversky, A., & Kahneman, D. (1974)
    Science, 185, 1124-1131.

  69. The analysis of proximities: Multidimensional scaling with an unknown distance function
    Shepard, R. N. (1962)
    Psychometrika, 27(2), 125-140

  70. Application of Fourier Analysis to the Visibility of Gratings
    Campbell, F.W., and Robson, J.G. (1968)
    Journal of Physiology. 197: 551-566.

  71. Working memory
    Baddeley, A.D., and Hitch, A.D. (1974)
    In G. Bower (Ed.), The psychology of learning and motivation, Vol. 8; pp 47-89). New York: Academic Press

  72. Language, Thought and Reality; selected writings
    Whorf, B. L. (ed. by J. Carroll) (1956)
    Boston, MA: MIT Press.

  73. Two cortical visual systems
    Ungerleider, L.G. and Mishkin, M. (1982)
    In D.J. Ingle, M.A. Goodale, and R.J.W. Mansfield (Eds.), Analysis of visual behavior. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

  74. Perceptrons
    Minsky, M., & Papert, S. (1969)
    (1969) Cambridge: MIT Press.

  75. Sensory mechanisms, the reduction of redundancy, and intelligence
    Barlow, H. B. (1959)
    Proceedings of the symposium on the mechanization of thought processes. National Physical Laboratory. HMSO, London,

  76. Loss of recent memory after bilateral hippocampal lesions
    Scoville, W. B., and Milner, B. (1957)
    Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 20,

  77. Working Memory
    Baddeley, A. (1986)
    Oxford University Press

  78. Scripts, plans, goals, and understanding
    Schank, R. C. and Abelson, R. P. (1977)
    Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

  79. Chronometric Explorations of Mind
    Posner, M. I. (1978)
    Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawerence Erlbaum Associates

  80. Segregation of form, color, movement and depth: Anatomy, physiology and perception
    Livingstone M. & Hubel D. (1988)
    Science, 240(4853):740-9, 1988

  81. Visual Perception of biological motion and a model for its analysis
    Johansson G. (1973)
    Perception & Psychophysics, Vol. 14 (2); 201-211

  82. The interpretation of dreams
    Freud, S. (1927)
    (1st English Edition) London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd.

  83. The Nature of Explanation
    Craik, K. (1943)
    Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

  84. The coordination and regulation of movements
    Bernstein, N.A. (1967)
    Oxford, New York: Pergamon Press

  85. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System
    Sherrington, Charles S., Sir (1906)
    New York: Scribner's Sons

  86. Toward a model of text comprehension and production
    Kintsch, W. and van Dijk, T. A. (1978)
    Psychological Review, 85, 363-394.

  87. Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection
    Edelman, G. M. (1987)
    New York: Basic Books

  88. Lightness and retinex theory
    Land, E. H. and McCann, J. J. (1971)
    Journal of the Optical Society of America, 61 (1), 1-11.

  89. The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map
    O'Keefe, J., and Nadel, L. (1979)
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol 2(4).

  90. The Mentality of Apes
    Koehler, W. (1925)
    New York: Harcourt and Brace

  91. Language comprehension in ape and child
    Savage-Rumbaugh, E. Sue (1993)
    Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development (serial no.233), vol 58, nos. 3-4.

  92. Circuitry of primate prefrontal cortex and the regulation of behavior by representational memory
    Goldman-Rakic, P.S. (1987)
    Handbook of Physiology, vol5(1), American Physiological Society, Bethesda, MD: 373-417

  93. Speech perception in infants
    Eimas, P.D., Siqueland, E.R., Jusczyk, P., & Vigorito, J. (1971)
    Science Vol 171 (3968), 303-306

  94. The Operational Analysis of Psychological Terms
    Skinner, B. F. (1945)
    Psychological Review, 52, 270-277

  95. Mental rotation of the neuronal population vector
    Georgopoulos, Apostolos P., Lurito, Joseph T., Petrides, Michael., Schwartz, Andrew B., et al. (1989)
    Science. Vol 243(4888), Jan 1989, 234-236.

  96. Consciousness Explained
    Dennett, D. C. (1991)
    Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Co.

  97. The interpretation of structure from motion
    Ullman, S. (1979)
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B., 203, 405-426

  98. Cognition in the Wild
    Hutchins, E (1995)
    Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press

  99. Acquisition of cognitive skill
    Anderson, J. R. (1982)
    Psychological Review, 89, 369-406

  100. Human memory: A proposed system and its control processes
    Atkinson, R. C. and Shiffrin, R. M. (1968)
    In K. W. Spence and J. T. Spence (Eds.), The Psychology of learning and motivation: Advances in research and theory (vol. 2). New York: Academic Press.

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