Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the description, modeling, analysis, and general scientific study of the mind and cognition. Researchers in many disciplines--such as psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and neuroscience--have found that they can work together fruitfully to answer questions about the mind that have puzzled people for centuries.

The following are among the topics studied by cognitive science

  • Concept formation, memory, perception, learning, reasoning, and problem solving.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications, the nature and representation of knowledge in expert systems, and computer modeling of reasoning, learning, language use, problem solving, and planning.

  • Language learning and comprehension, and the mental representation of grammar and meaning.

  • The neurophysiological bases of thinking and consciousness.

  • Cognitive development in infants and children.

  • Animal intelligence and cognition.

  • The nature, scope, and limits of human knowledge and our capacities for reasoning and thinking.

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