What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary, scientific study of the mind and its processes.

– Said Wikipedia.

 

Does it sound familiar? The definition itself looks similar to the definition of Psychology.

So how are those two subjects related? Why does Cognitive Science matter?

In fact, Psychology is one of the subfields that build up Cog Sci. As far as I know, Cognitive Science was created because mind studiers began to realize that they can no longer explain the phenomenon with their techniques in their subjects. Hence, people decided to create an inter-disciplinary subject that combines co-related subjects to have a better understanding of mind. Since then, contemporary Cognitive Science has been composed of six subfields: Philosophy, Linguistics, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, and Psychology. Those six subfields are so closely related to each other that topics in between become common in individual fields.

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Fun Fact:

The amazing part of studying Cog Sci is that students and researchers can pick their preferred subfields in most colleges. The motivation is more concentrated within this big field. There is seldom the need to dive deep into every single subfield to understand the overall development of the whole Cognitive Science community.

Me personally, I found myself more obsessed with fields of Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, and Philosophy after taking the introductory courses. So I would have preferences in those three fields I am interested throughout my researches.

 

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