Paul Thagard

Publications 2012-2017. For later publications, go to



Blouw, P., Solodkin, E., Thagard, P., & Eliasmith, C. .( 2016). Concepts as semantic pointers: A framework and computational model. Cognitive Science, 40, 1128-1162.

Findlay, S. D., & Thagard, P. (2012). How parts make up wholes. Frontiers in Physiology, 3. Retrieved from

Findlay, S. D., & Thagard, P. (2014). Emotional change in international negotiation:  Analyzing the Camp David accords using cognitive-affective maps. Group Decision and Negotiation, 23, 1281-1300.

Homer-Dixon, T., Maynard, J. L., Mildenberger, M., Milkoreit, M., Mock, S. J., Quilley, S., T. Schröder, and P. Thagard (2013). A complex systems approach to the study of ideology:  Cognitive-affective structures and the dynamics of belief systems. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1, 337-364.

Homer-Dixon, T., Milkoreit, M., Mock, S. J., Schröder, T., & Thagard, P. (2014). The conceptual structure of social disputes: Cognitive-affective maps as a tool for conflict analysis and resolution. SAGE Open, 4. doi: 10.1177/2158244014526210.

Jiang, M., & Thagard, P. (2014). Creative cognition in social innovation. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 375-388.

Schröder, T., & Thagard, P. (2013). The affective meanings of automatic social behaviors: Three mechanisms that explain priming. Psychological Review, 120, 255-280.

Schröder, T., Stewart, T. C., & Thagard, P. (2014). Intention, emotion, and action: A neural theory based on semantic pointers. Cognitive Science, 38, 851-880.

Thagard, P. (2012). Cognitive architectures. In K. Frankish & W. Ramsay (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of cognitive science (pp. 50-70). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thagard, P. (2012). Cognitive science. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from

Thagard, P. (2012). Coherence:  The price is right. Southern Journal of Philosophy, 50, 42-49.

Thagard, P. (2012). Creative combination of representations: Scientific discovery and technological invention. In R. Proctor & E. J. Capaldi (Eds.), Psychology of science: Implicit and explicit processes (pp. 389-405). . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Thagard, P. (2012). Mapping minds across cultures. In R. Sun (Ed.), Grounding social sciences in cognitive sciences (pp. 35-62). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Thagard, P. (2013). Cognitive sciences. In B. Kaldis (Ed.), Encyclopedia of philosophy and the social sciences (Vol. 1, pp. 95-99). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Thagard, P. (2014). Artistic genius and creative cognition. In D. K. Simonton (Ed.), Wiley Handbook of Genius (pp. 120-138). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Thagard, P. (2014). Creative intuition:  How EUREKA results from three neural mechanisms. In L. M. Osbeck & B. S. Held (Eds.), Rational intuition: Philosophical roots, scientific investigations (pp. 287-306). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thagard, P. (2014). Economic explanations. In M. Lissack & A. Graber (Eds.), Modes of explanation. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thagard, P. (2014). Explanatory identities and conceptual change. Science & Education, 23, 1531-1548.

Thagard, P. (2014). The self as a system of multilevel interacting mechanisms. Philosophical Psychology, 27, 145-163.

Thagard, P. (2014). Thought experiments considered harmful. Perspectives on Science, 22, 288-305.

Thagard, P. (2015). The cognitive-affective structure of political ideologies. In B. Martinovski (Ed.), Emotion in group decision and negotiation (pp. 51-71). Berlin: Springer.

Thagard, P. (2015). Value maps in applied ethics. Teaching Ethics, 15, 115-127. doi: 10.5840/tej20149221

Thagard, P. (2016) Emotional cognition in urban planning. In J. Portugali & E. Stolk (Eds.), Complexity, cognition, urban planning and design (pp. 197-213). Berlin: Springer.

Thagard, P., & Nussbaum, A. D. (2014). Fear-driven inference:  Mechanisms of gut overreaction. In L. Magnani (Ed.), Model-based reasoning in science and technoloyg (pp. 43-53). Berlin: Springer.

Thagard, P., & Schröder, T. (2014). Emotions as semantic pointers:  Constructive neural mechanisms. In L. F. Barrett & J. A. Russell (Eds.), The psychological construction of emotions (pp. 144-167). New York: Guilford.

Thagard, P., & Stewart, T. C. (2014). Two theories of consciousness:  Semantic pointer competition vs. information integration. Consciousness and Cognition, 30, 73-90.

Thagard, P., & Wood, J. V. (2015). Eighty phenomena about the self: Representation, evaluation, regulation, and change. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00334.

For full list, see vita.


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Paul Thagard