Anthropology in cognitive science

Andrea Bender, Edwin Hutchins, Douglas Medin*

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Abstract

This paper reviews the uneven history of the relationship between Anthropology and Cognitive Science over the past 30years, from its promising beginnings, followed by a period of disaffection, on up to the current context, which may lay the groundwork for reconsidering what Anthropology and (the rest of) Cognitive Science have to offer each other. We think that this history has important lessons to teach and has implications for contemporary efforts to restore Anthropology to its proper place within Cognitive Science. The recent upsurge of interest in the ways that thought may shape and be shaped by action, gesture, cultural experience, and language sets the stage for, but so far has not fully accomplished, the inclusion of Anthropology as an equal partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-385
Number of pages12
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Culture
  • Field studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence

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