Bridging the Gap: From Cognitive Anthropology to Cognitive Science


Although cognitive anthropology once was a pioneer in the cognitive revolution and a founding member of the cognitive science, over the years its participation and influence have diminished—to the detriment of both cognitive anthropology and cognitive science more generally. Meanwhile, though, interactions between culture and cognition are increasingly recognized as being of prime interest for cognitive science. Among the most important issues that call for anthropological expertise is the question of cognitive and/or linguistic universals (Evans & Levinson, 2009; Henrich, Heine & Norenzayan, in press; Norenzayan & Heine, 2005). Anthropology, with its expertise in culture and language, thus becomes an invaluable partner for respective research. But only recently, initiatives have been launched to re-calibrate the relationship among the subfields of cognitive science (Bender, Hutchins & Medin, in press).

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