ERIC Number: ED361176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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To Strengthen American Cognitive Science for the Twenty-First Century. Report of a Planning Workshop for the Cognitive Science Initiative at the National Science Foundation (Washington, D.C., April 20-21, 1991).
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Cognitive science, the study of both biological and artificial intelligent systems, is an inherently interdisciplinary activity that embraces aspects of psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, engineering, and other behavioral and social sciences. This document reports the results of a workshop designed to provide advice to the National Science Foundation regarding plans for achieving the potential of cognitive science in the 21st century. The report is separated into three sections. The introduction presents three directions in which cognitive science can be developed: (1) the sciences of agents interacting in social and physical environments; (2) the science of individual agents; and (3) the sciences of natural processes. The second section presents brief discussions of a sample of research topics that are active foci of work in cognitive science. Research topics include language, conceptual knowledge, abstract neural networks, and analyses of cognitive activity in social and physical environments. The third section discusses recommendations for enhancing research in the cognitive sciences. Recommendations include: (1) extending the working corps of interdisciplinary cognitive scientists; (2) utilizing technology resource for collaboration with new methodologies and across disciplines; (3) enhancing institutional structures in support of interdisciplinary research; and (4) funding levels. A list of workshop participants is provided. (MDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.