Suggested Reading for CogSci Grad Students
The papers and books below are among those that I think every graduate student in cognitive science could benefit from reading, regardless of their area of specialization. Needless to say, there is just as much additional 'required reading' within any given area of specialization...
General Scientific Methodology
The current version of this document is: 9/7/14.
Helpful suggestions and additions for this list were provided by: Chris Chabris, Zenon Pylyshyn, Jonathan Weinberg.
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Platt, J. R. (1964). Strong inference. Science, 146, 347-353.
Statistics & Psychological Methodology
Kuhn, T. S. (1970). The structure of scientific revolutions, 2nd Edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Cohen, J. (1992). Fuzzy methodology. Psychological Bulletin, 112, 409-410.
McGuire, W. J. (1997). Creative hypothesis generating in psychology: Some useful heuristics. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 1-30.
Koenderink, J. J. (2002). The head and the hands [Guest Editorial]. Perception, 31 517-520.
Ioannidis, J. (2005). Why most published research findings are false. PLoS Medicine, 2(8), e124.
Sedlmeier, P., & Gigerenzer, G. (1989). Do studies of statistical power have an effect on the power of studies? Psychological Bulletin, 105, 309-316.
Theoretical Underpinnings of Cognitive Science
Gigerenzer, G., et al. (1989). The inference experts. Chapter 3 of The empire of chance: How probability changed science and everyday life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cohen, J. (1994). The earth is round (p < .05). American Psychologist, 49, 997-1003.
Dar, R., Serlin, R., & Omer, H. (1994). Misuse of statistical tests in three decades of psychotherapy research. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 62, 75-82.
Roberts, S., & Pashler, H. (2000). How persuasive is a good fit? A comment on theory testing. Psychological Review, 107, 358-367.
Mellers, B., Hertwig, R., & Kahneman, D. (2001). Do frequency representations eliminate conjunction effects? An exercise in adversarial collaboration. Psychological Science, 12(4), 269-275.
Dixon, P. (2003). The p-value fallacy and how to avoid it. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57, 189-202.
Gigerenzer, G. (2004). Mindless statistics. Journal of Socio-Economics, 33, 587-606.
Durgin, F., Baird, J., Greenburg, M., Russell, R., Shaughnessy, K., & Waymouth, S. (2009). Who is being deceived? The experimental demands of wearing a backpack. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 964-969.
Henrich, J., Heine, S., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 61-135.
Simmons, J., Nelson, L., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-positive psychology: Undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows presenting anything as significant. Psychological Science, 22, 1359-1366.
Turing, A. (1950). Computing machinery and intelligence. Mind, 59, 433-460.
The History of Psychology
Chomsky, N. (1959). A review of B. F. Skinner's 'Verbal behavior'. Language, 35, 26-58.
Putnam, H. (1979). Reductionism and the nature of psychology. Cognition, 2, 131-146.
Gould, S. J., & Lewontin, R. C. (1979). The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian program: A critique of the adaptationist programme. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 205, 281-288.
Searle, J. (1980). Minds, brains, and programs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3(3), 417-457.
Fodor, J. A. (1983). Modularity of mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Pylyshyn, Z. W. (1984). Computation and cognition: Toward a foundation for cognitive science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Churchland, P. M. (1988). Matter and Consciousness, Revised Edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Dennett, D. C. (1995). Darwin's dangerous idea. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Pinker, S. (1997). How the mind works. New York: Norton.
James, W. (1890/1950). The principles of psychology. New York: Dover.
The Sociology of Science
Mandler, G. (2011). A history of modern experimental psychology: From James and Wundt to cognitive science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Ramon y Cajal, S. (1897/2004). Advice for a young investigator. Translation reprinted by: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Campbell, D. T. (1969). Ethnocentrism of disciplines and the fish-scale model of omnicience. In M. Sherif & C. W. Sherif (Eds.), Interdisciplinary relationships in the social sciences (pp. 328-348). Xenia, OH: Aldine.
Nisbett, R. (1978). A guide for reviewers: Editorial hardball in the 70s. American Psychologist, May, 519-520.
Nisbett, R. (1990). The anticreativity letters: Advice from a senior tempter to a junior tempter. American Psychologist, September, 1078-1082.
Thompson, K. S. (1994). Scientific publishing: An embarrassment of riches. American Scientist, 82, 508-511.
Greene, M. T. (1997). What cannot be said in science. Nature, 388, 619-620.
Rozin, P. (2006). Domain denigration and process preference in academic psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1, 365-376.