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Seminar: 9/22 - Michael Cole ICBS/Glushko Fellow

11:00 to 12:30 PM      at:  

University Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Human Development
UC, San Diego
"Thinking about a Culture-Inclusive Cognitive Science"

This talk begins with a brief historical overview of Cognitive Science with a special emphasis on the role that the concept of culture played in the founding and early decades of the discipline. This history will be linked to the earliers, and partly constituitive role of psychology in Cognitive Science and the role that culture has played in that discipline. The argument will then be made that for a developmental approach to cognitive science that sees human nature as the emergent outcome of four "streams of history" or "genetic domains": phylogeny, cultural history, ontogeny, and microgenesis. Current research seeking to develop this approach will be given.