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Proceedings of the 15th SweCog Conference
Department of Psychology, Umeå University .
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab (ILAB))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6568-9342
2019 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In an article published in Nature: Human Behavior, Nunez et al. (2019) asks What happened to cognitive science? The authors review bibliometric and socio-institutional aspects of the field and argues that the transition from a multi-disciplinary program to a mature inter-disciplinary coherent field has failed. Looking at the Swedish environment, we can nothing but agree. Many of us identifying ourselves as researchers in cognitive science are working at departments primarily focused at other disciplines, teaching within other objects and publishing in journals and conferences adjacent to the field. The diversity of cognitive science is also present in the number of directions that has has evolved over the years. The embodied approaches that many of us align with are not evolving towards a coherent view, but is today found under numerous labels such as situated cognition, distributed cognition, extended cognition, and enactive cognition. The so called 4E perspectives on the field have now ventured beyond the four, and is today more often referred to as the multi-E framework.

While we agree with Nunez et al. that we remain a multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective, and multi-method group of researchers who may share an interest for the science of the mind, rather than a coherent approach or perspective, we disagree that this entails a failure for the enterprise of cognitive science. We dare to say that the Sweish Cognitive Science Society has embraced the multi-perspectives idea by adopting an inclusive approach in the selection of research and methods presented at our conferences. We hope that SweCog will remain a forum for inclusive discussions, working against discipline conformism and isolation, in a time where both public and scientific debate is increasingly shattered.

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Skövde: University of Skövde , 2019. , p. 56
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SUSI, ISSN 1653-2325 ; 2019:2
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Computer Sciences Neurosciences Philosophy Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
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Interaction Lab (ILAB)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17881ISBN: 978-91-983667-5-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17881DiVA, id: diva2:1370017
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SweCog 2019, the 15th SweCog conference, Umeå, Sweden, November 7-8, 2019
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-15Bibliographically approved

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