What is Cognitive Science
The Nature of Imaginative Cognition
Dr. Deena Skolnick Weisberg
Thursday, September 25, 2008, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Psychology
As children learn about the world around them, they gather a great deal of evidence from their senses -- how things look, sound, and feel. But children can also interact with world representationally, not just physically. They can get outside of their own egocentric perspectives to imagine the content of others minds, the possible results of their own or others actions, and the events and entities in pretend and ﬁctional scenarios. Indeed, many aspects of their cognitive lives in development and adults' cognitive lives at maturity depend on the ability to mentally represent more than just the physical world of the senses. In this talk, I explore two aspects of children's and adults' interactions with non-real representations: the organization of multiple possible worlds and the ways in which information flows across the reality/fantasy boundary.
"What is Cognitive Science?"
This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.
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