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

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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.

Dr. Deena Skolnick Weisberg

"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.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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