The mind’s golden cage and the cognition in the wild

How mainstream approaches can be extended to everyday cognition?

  • Date: 17 JANUARY 2023  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

From its early philosophical origin to its marriage with neuroscience, cognitive science has developed a powerful heuristic: Divide the cognition and conquer the mind. Not unexpectedly, the mind has been conceived as set of distinct, compartmentalized cognitive elements. Initially, reificated entities were proposed for more tangible processes such as reasoning, intelligence, or
memory. Posterior developments of the embodied, enactive, and situated cognition, reconsidered in the structure of cognition also emotions, social-interactions, the body, and the context. Thus, the mind became more situated, but still decompartmentalized in a framework I call “domesticated cognition”. However, understanding “cognition in the wild” (everyday cognition) entails major challenges. How mainstream approaches can be extended to cognition in the wild? In this talk I will propose four turns including pragmatic (connecting the domesticated mind with the cognition in the wild), methodological (frameworks for developing a more ecological, and whole dynamics-based approach), disease-related (dimensional approaches to neuro/psychiatric disorders), and theoretical (focusing in synergetics of cognition) agendas. Although some of these developments have already started in some areas, their systematic combination may contribute to move the mainstream of cognitive (neuro)science into the core of the cognition in the wild.


Agustín Ibañez

Trinity College, Dublin

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