Cognitive science

Seana CoulsonTeenie Matlock
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Cognitive science, the interdisciplinary study of cognitive phenomena, has its origins in philosophy and can be viewed as the empirical pursuit of age-old questions in the philosophy of mind. Perhaps the word that best captures the field of cognitive science is diversity. Cognitive scientists study a broad range of cognitive phenomena, including attention, perception, memory, language, learning, and reasoning. Moreover, researchers in cognitive science come from a wide range of backgrounds. The field draws from a number of disciplines including philosophy, linguistics, psychology, computer science, anthropology, sociology, and the neurosciences. The upshot of the varied nature of the enterprise is that convergent findings often arise out of a number of complementary research methods.

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