Cognitive Science

What Does Cognitive Science Mean?

Cognitive science is essentially the study of thought. It is a kind of broad-based term for studying the nature and functionality of how the brain works. However, experts have come up with more specific concrete models for what constitutes cognitive science – for instance, describing it as the intersection of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience and, last but not least, artificial intelligence.


Techopedia Explains Cognitive Science

Since it is so broad, cognitive science can be classified into many various sub-fields such as psychology and philosophy. Brain imaging can constitute a cognitive science project. So can a research project focusing on evidence-based behavioral trends. Language processing projects can also have a primary cognitive science component.

One of the biggest recent changes in the ways that people use cognitive science relates to technology – prior to the beginning of the 21st century, cognitive science was mainly seen as an academic field related to human biology. Now, with breakthrough developments in artificial intelligence, all of that has changed. These days, a cognitive science project is just as likely to utilize artificial intelligence tools such as networks to simulate biological cognitive function. This is rapidly changing the field of cognitive science as well as some sub-fields such as neuroscience – for example, where neuroscience used to treat the human brain only based on biological research and some data modeling, new neuroscience projects can now focus on learning about the human brain through examining artificial intelligence as well.

Essentially, cognitive science has bloomed and developed as artificial intelligence has evolved. It has become entwined and interconnected with the study of technology.


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